The Revealing of Barrie Summy

The Revealing of Barrie Summy

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Yes that’s a picture of Barrie Summy, a young Barrie — of course — but since she’s the author of humorous middle-grade mysteries…well it seems appropriate. Barrie debuted with I So Don’t Do Mysteries exactly one year ago and her second book, I So Don’t Do Spooky will be released on December 8, 2009 and is scheduled to be presented here on Monday, December 7th.

According to her “official” bio on the backflap book jacket cover:

Barrie Summy grew up in Canada on a steady diet of books and tobogganing. She tries to read a book a week and always breaks for tea and cookies at three o’clock.

Barrie lives in California with her husband and their four children. She’s currently hard at work on her next book.

But now let’s meet the real Barrie or — at least — as much as she’s inclined to seriously reveal:

Q: What is your motto or maxim?
A: Bird by bird (based on Anne LaMott’s book: Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life)

Q: How would you describe perfect happiness?
A: It’s 78 degrees Fahrenheit with a slight breeze. I’m sitting on a decently webbed chair by a lake in Muskoka, Ontario with a good book in my hands and a cup of hot tea and a butter tart next to me. My children are happy and healthy and firmly on the way to figuring out their lives. My spouse is not snoring. My next book is written and in to the editor, ahead of schedule. All I have to do is read. Relax and read.

Q: What’s your greatest fear?
A: Having to lead an aerobics class

Q: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Q: With whom in history do you most identify?
A: Women

Q: What are your most overused words or phrases?
A: Put your dishes in the dishwasher. Is your homework done? The project is due when??

Q: If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A: A sense of direction.

Q: What’s your greatest flaw?
A: Seriously? Ha! I am so not revealing my greatest flaw for all the cyber world to see. I will, however, reveal a lesser flaw. It is this: I have been known to leave my bed unmade for an entire day.

Q: What’s your best quality?
A: A decent sense of humor.

Q: What trait is most noticeable about you?
A: My highlights. Of course, anyone can have them. Just pay my hairdresser a visit.

Q: Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A: This changes depending on which book I’m reading.

Q: Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A: I don’t think I have one.

Q: What is your biggest pet peeve?
A: Drivers who don’t pull forward at the gas pump.

Q: What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A: Reading.

Q: What’s your fantasy profession?
A: Being on a team of writers for a TV show.

Q: What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A: Honesty, humor, neatness. Hmmm…Originally, I typed “neatness” as a joke, but now I’m thinking that the more my children become messy teens, the more important neatness has become to me!

Q: If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A: Licorice

Q: What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn; The Gate to Women’s Country; Alias Grace; Lives of Girls and Women; Ladder of Years; The Inn at Lake Devine; The Chrysalids, Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging. Oh, oops. More than five. Sorry.

Funny, kind and very thoughtful (after all she just apologized *G*), get to know Barrie even better by becoming her friend on Facebook.


Wishing you all a most happy, healthy and safe traveling Thanksgiving. May it be filled/stuffed with love and warm memories with family/friends!

And remember Book Giveaway: The Divining Wand will be giving away two copies of Love in Translation. To enter, please leave a comment on this post before the deadline of Saturday, November 28th at 11:59 p.m. EST. Due to the busy holiday week, this contest is being extended and the winners — based on a random drawing — will be announced here in the Monday, November 30th post.

4 thoughts on “The Revealing of Barrie Summy

  1. What a fun interview! I’m with you, Barrie, on the overused phrases, though I would have to add, “Why is your shirt on backwards?”

    Careful with excessive licorice–VERY hard on the blood pressure!

  2. Congrats on the imminent release of your next book! We so enjoyed your visit to our elementary school last year. The kids were quite inspired, I think. Best of luck to you with the latest in the series!

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