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Brittany Barefield

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As a native southerner, where telling old tales is commonplace, BrittanyBarefieldbegan a love affair with writing as soon as she could hold a crayon. Throughout adolescence, she enjoyed penning poems and short stories and delving into books from every genre. She earned an academic scholarship and graduated from the University of Louisiana at Monroe with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and a minor in criminal justice. After college, she served three years in the U.S. Army where she met her husband. They love movies, games, home-improvement projects, and spending quality time with their young son in central Missouri. 

Q: What are some of your favorite books and authors?

A: I favor the darkness of Edgar Allan Poe, the wit of Stephen King, the sensuality of Susan Sizemore, the ridiculousness of Hunter S. Thompson, and the raw reality of non-fiction books by John Douglas, retired criminal profiler for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. I try to include all of those elements in my stories. I also love The Call of the Wild by Jack London and Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind. 


Q: Where do you find inspiration to write?

A: When penning erotica, I must credit my loving husband for his generosity in the bedroom. Inserting that erotic writing into a good story, I give marginal credit to my insanely evil relatives, who without knowing it, forced me to escape into my own imagination and create some of the most amazing characters and plotlines. 


Q: Besides reading and writing, what are your other past-times? 

A: I like water sports: swimming, skiing, boating. Growing up in the Louisiana heat, I spent a lot of recreational time in the water. I also enjoyed playing team sports like basketball, etc. To relax, I love watching movies and comedic television shows.


Q: If you weren’t a published novelist, what would be your profession?

A: My other educational background is criminal justice, so I’d say somewhere in the field of law enforcement. In the army, before I got married, I initially wanted to join the Criminal Investigation Command, which is a highly deployed job. My husband voiced his concern that the constant separations for a dual-military couple could lead to divorce. I happily chose family instead. And while my spouse served in Iraq, I remained stateside to care for our son and write my first novel. 


Q: What’s your next project?

A: I’m already working on a sequel to Lust for the Soothsayer. I look forward to hearing from readers on what they liked about the book and what they hope to see in the next one!

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