Welcome to Author Renata F. Barcelos
Renata F. Barcelos lives in Brazil with her beautiful and creative daughter and teaches English and Spanish as Second Languages.
She loves dark, twisted and flawed characters and stories. She watches way too much TV and reads perhaps too many (almost exclusively) mystery novels, convincing herself it’s all work – research for her own stories.
She writes for as long as she can remember, and has two published books: “Mean: A Psychological Thriller Novelette” and “My Sore Hush-a-Bye”.
She’s now working on a new novel called “Myself in Blue”.
Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
Some scenes in ‘My Sore Hush-a-Bye’ where I had to make unspeakable things understandable, yet not explicit. It’s a thin line to let the readers imagine or understand by themselves what happened without entering into gruesome details.
What’s your favorite season/weather?
In your wildest dreams, which author would you love to co-author a book with?
How do you go about revising/editing?
For my first book I thought I didn’t need an editor, that I could do it all by myself… Silly me! No one can, it’s impossible! You have got to have at least one extra pair of eyes before publishing—a professional one. The reader deserves a professionally edited book. So now I hired an editor, and have beta readers to help me. I like to polish the manuscript; it’s hard work, but also fun to revise and edit.
Do you write as you go or do you have the book all planned out from page 1?
Titles: do you write the books first and the title comes next or does the title come to you as you write?
TV or Movies?
Coke or Pepsi?
Action or Drama?
Pizza or Pasta?
City or Country?
Facebook or Twitter?
My Sore Hush-a-Bye
Camille is a young girl stuck in the past. Classic TV shows, old music, and dresses that never made it into the 21st century.
After her mother left a puzzling note leaving her in the care of Uncle Bob, she had a rough go of it, not wanting to conform to his rigorous rules and this new life. But she learned. She learned to love and accept her sheltered life.
That all starts to change when Camille finally goes to public school once she reaches her teenage years. She meets a friend who mysteriously disappears. She has suspicions that Uncle Bob may not be the perfect man she once thought. She starts thinking about her mother.
Most important of all, she begins to grow up, and that is what changes everything…
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