A.R. Barley On Writing, Research, and her story, The Shore Thing (author guest blog)


The Shore Thing (States of Love) by A.R. Barley
Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht

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Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words is happy to have A.R. Barley here today talking about writing, research, and her next story, The Shore Thing. Welcome,  A.R.!



Hi! My name’s A.R. Barley and I’m talking about The Shore Thing. Thanks for having me!

Does research play a role into choosing which genre you write?  Do you enjoy research or prefer making up your worlds and cultures?

I love making up my own culture. I’m in the middle of writing the next book in my Hoppity series (bunny shifters, very cute) and I also love writing about things that are true to life. I wrote the Shore Thing about one of my favorite states, Delaware, and from picking crabs to swimming in the waves, I like to think I’ve checked out most things the state has to offer. In fact, I got a couple of notes back from my editor that were like “this is confusing, this would never happen” and I was like “that’s the stuff that’s based on real life.” It’s still in there.

Have you ever had to put an ‘in progress’ story aside because of the emotional ties with it?  You were hurting with the characters or didn’t know how to proceed?

Absolutely, I mentioned my current Hoppity book? It’s on hold because I’m not sure how much of the ongoing series plot to reveal in this book. Don’t worry though, I’ll finish it soon!

Do you like HFN or HEA? And why?

I love a happily ever after, and so do my characters. Nico and Dale, the main characters of The Shore Thing start out in very different places. It’s what they learn along the way (how to accept their own flaws and really listen to each other) that makes them ready for a long term relationship. After everything they’ve been through, if they didn’t get a happily ever after it would be tragic.

How do you feel about the ebook format and where do you see it going?

I think that ebooks are great, especially for romance novels. Yes, there’s a lot more competition in the market but you also see sub genres springing up (like gay romance) that would never have had a chance in an older publishing environment.

What’s next for you as an author?

As an author? Lots! I’ve got a new series coming out at the end of the year (firefighters in NYC) and I’m working on Hoppity book 3. I’m also thinking about writing another fun in the sun book because I loved The Shore Thing so much! Of course, I’m always open to suggestions from readers. What do you want to see?

Thanks for having me!


Sunburned Delaware native Dale Seward spends his summers wrangling lifeguards and cracking crabs. His winters are a whole lot colder.

Nico Travelli’s never even seen the ocean, but when his family’s plans for him get derailed, he realizes his future in their upscale Italian restaurants might be over, and it’s time for something new. He’s hypnotized by his first look at the Atlantic—until a wave takes him out. Luckily, Dale’s there to pull him to safety.

Dale knows better than to fall for a summer person, but that doesn’t mean he can’t show Nico a good time. Between the ice cream cones and the put-put golf, these two lonely hearts soon find themselves in over their heads.

But when Nico is tempted by a second chance at the life he always thought he wanted, will he be brave enough to give it up for the possibility of true love with Dale? And what does the sexy lifeguard do during the winter? In a state as small as Delaware, secrets are bound to come out.

States of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the United States.

About the Author

A.R. Barley lives in the Motor City with a dog (who’s currently annoying the cat), a cat (who’s doing his best to avoid the dog), and an engineer. She likes hot drinks, hotter novels, and ice cream. She writes seven days a week (when she’s not playing referee to the dog and the cat) and is always happy to hear from readers on Facebook and Twitter. 

She loves the ocean.

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