Interview: Deana Barnhart, YA Writer

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Deana Barnhart considers herself a teenager stuck in the body of a thirty-four year old (next mth). She writes YA books to fill the void and is represented by Sarah LaPolla of Curtis Brown, LTD.

When she’s not pounding out stories on the computer, she’s chasing her two kids around, has her nose stuck in a book, or is packing boxes for yet another move. At the moment, she resides in Alabama, with her husband, children and bat-looking dog. She’s unsure where the winds will blow her next, and she’s fine with that, as long as she gets to settle down before she grows up.

Her current project is a YA sci-fi called RIPPLE, and she has a couple of other stories that are in different stages of being written. More information can be found on them here.

Let’s see how Deana answers the Proust Questionnaire!

What is your idea of happiness?
To me, happiness is in the simple things. Like having movie night at home with my family instead of going out on a Friday. Or waking up at three in the morning to watch a meteor shower with my husband because he’s nerdy like that. And it’s definitely when one of my kids asks me for advice and I wing it because I’m still trying to figure it all out myself. These are the moments when I’m overcome by how utterly, beautifully, perfect this whole imperfect life is. Go figure.

What is your favorite song? When do you first remember hearing it?
That changes daily! My very first favorite song was Purple Rain by Prince. And yes, I had the record.I think my current favorite is Thrift Shop by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis!! I heard it for the first time last night. I loved it so much I drove around by myself, dancing like a fool in the minivan until it was over. My kids would have been so proud.

If you haven’t heard the phrase, I’m gonna pop some tags…GO. LISTEN. And be changed forever! 

Which talent would you most like to have?
I’d love to be able to skateboard. And I’m talking pro moves.

On what occasion do you lie?
I don’t know if you’d call it a lie, but I tend to round down when I tell my husband how much I spent shopping. So $59.99 becomes $50.00 ;-/

What is your present state of mind?
Focused with a touch of frazzle.

What is your motto?
Relax, I’m hilarious…and yes, I have the t-shirt.

What character trait do you most value in your friends?
They know and respect that I’m an introvert, but still pull me out of my shell when it’s called for. Would that character trait be intuitive?

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
nuh uh

Your favorite painting?
I kind of fell in love with Van Gogh’s life in college, so I have a special place in my heart for his work. I’d say my favorite of his is, Sorrowing Old Man (“At Eternity’s Gate”).

Sorrowing Old Man ('At Eternity's Gate') Vincent van Gogh, 1890

Sorrowing Old Man (‘At Eternity’s Gate’)
Vincent van Gogh, 1890

What is your favorite journey?
The one I have ahead of me.

What is your favorite time of day?
Right after I put the kids to bed. I can still look at their cute little faces and be grateful they’re mine, but all is quiet once more.

With which literary hero or heroine would you most like to share a coffee?
Roland Deschain. And make that a Diet Pepsi please 🙂

What do you need to achieve before you can die happy?
To know that my family would continue on and live their lives to the fullest.

Who or what is your first love?
Homemade Buckeyes. They’re heaven sent I tell you!

What’s the last dream you remember?
It’s kind of embarrassing to say, but I’m in the middle of revisions (in real life, not the dream) and I tend to dream about the things I obsess over during the day. So, in the dream I meet my agent, Sarah LaPolla at an amusement park. It’s our first meeting in person and I’ve got this huge stack of revisions with me. So naturally we jump on a roller coaster to look them over.

What’s your madeleine?
Travelling in the middle of the night. When I was a kid we moved around A LOT. My dad preferred to travel to our new destinations in the middle of the night. Not to run from the cops or anything, but so his four kids would sleep…at least that’s what he told us:) When we’d wake up the next morning, we’d be in this new place ready to start an adventure. I always hated going to new schools, but that first moment, arriving, was magical!

Without thinking, in one word: what is life?

6 thoughts on “Interview: Deana Barnhart, YA Writer

  1. Always LOVE hearing more about the very awesome Deana!! Revisions on a roller coaster . . . well sounds about right b/c both make me want to puke my guts out:-)

  2. I love to travel at night too. At least once a month, my husband and get spontaneous and we decide to throw the kids in the car at bedtime and drive down to my brother’s beach house in Huntington Beach. When they wake up in the morning, they can hear the ocean. I hope they remember that! Cute interview, Deanna. I love the agent dream. I have that kind of dream all the time!

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