Interview: Barbara Vey

Barbara Vey’s favorite place in the whole world? The library, of course! She is a book lover through-and-through, and has some wonderful insights on reading and writing. As authors we often think about our books from a writing or publishing perspective, but it’s even more important to have an understanding of our readers. Barbara’s blog at Publisher’s Weekly helps writers do that. She’s met many different authors and is a champion of books. Enjoy this interview.


I love your PW blog. When did books first become your passion?

When I got my first library card. I couldn’t believe that I could have all those books sitting there waiting for me to read and then get more as soon as I was done.

Who are some of your favorite authors? Genres?

I have many favorite authors and genres. I read everything from paranormal/urban fantasy, historical, thrillers, sci-fi, suspense and always a good romance. Picking a favorite author is like picking my favorite child…impossible.

In your opinion, what qualities does a great book have over a good book?

Characters that make you cry and cheer for and a plot to die for. When you don’t want the book to end, that’s the sign of a great book.

Any interesting stories or experiences you can share from the Authors at Sea cruise?

I loved the Authors at Sea cruises and am sorry they aren’t done any more. One of my favorite parts were the contests the authors would have. I entered every one and won a lot of them. At one point, author F. Paul Wilson told me I was banned from entering any more.

How many authors would you say you’ve met so far?

Well over 1,000. I started meeting authors years ago at signings and events like RT and Authors At Sea.

What’s the most interesting book you’ve ever read?

Outlanderby Diana Gabaldon. I still think about that book.

Book you’re currently reading?

The Spymaster’s Lady by Joanna Bourne.

What’s the measure of a successful writer?

One who writes great books and connects with their readers. Readers love to feel like a part of the author’s world.

Advice for writers?

Keep your website current, make sure there’s contact information on it and be kind to readers when you meet them.

Where can we learn more about you?

My blog is at Publishers Weekly

Anything else you’d like to add?

I’d like to thank you for having me here today and to encourage people to talk books up, give books as gifts and have everyone be grateful for authors and readers because we all need each other.

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