The Daughters of Winston Barnett

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What Readers Want to Know…5 Questions for Dara Girard


No, it’s a general women’s fiction, but it has romantic elements and a reader can be rest assured that there’s a happy ending for everyone who deserves it.

How did you come up with the idea of blending “Pride and Prejudice” and “Fiddler on the Roof”?

In my blog post The Dairyman and the Gentleman, I gave some background as to how this happened. Using the premise of other stories and blending them together is nothing new to me. I used Little Women and Cinderella to create THE GLASS SLIPPER PROJECT and The Taming of the Shrew was the basis for TAMING MARIELLA. I enjoy the challenge and I always have fun playing with plots. Trust me, there’s a lot more to come. So many stories to write…so little time…

What is it with you and food?

Doesn’t everyone like food? I can’t help myself. I feel that what people eat is important and gives a sense of community. It’s also a cultural shorthand. If someone wakes up and has a banana wrapped in sticky rice or gari as cereal versus steak and eggs, from that small amount of information a reader finds out a little bit about them. Besides most of my stories feature multicultural communities and food is the communal language.

Does writing THE DAUGHTERS OF WINSTON BARNETT mean you won’t be writing romance anymore?

No way. Actually I have an upcoming release coming out next month called SECRET PARADISE (02/21/12). The story allows Monica’s sister, Nikki, a chance to shine. Like most of my readers, I enjoy revisiting characters and familiar places. So anyone who is interested in seeing how JD and Monica are doing will get a chance to.

Is there anything else you’re working on?

I’m always working. In the summer/fall of this year I plan to release a mainstream romance called HONEST BETRAYAL. It’s about a marriage of convenience that uncovers some very inconvenient secrets. I’m also finishing up the THE AMBER BROACH, which is Teresa’s story from THE SAPPHIRE PENDANT. And lastly I just submitted my next romance called A RELUCTANT HERO, which is due out Fall 2012. So as you can see, I’m not standing still.

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