Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Welcome to Regency Author - Sue Barr

I’m delighted to welcome Sue Barr to my blog.

Sue Barr - Author

Hello Sue – I’m so pleased we were able to connect through social media, and I always marvel at how supportive and encouraging various reading and book groups can be when sharing ‘book’ news.
But before we discover more about your latest release, Georgiana: Pride & Prejudice continued… here are a few questions which will hopefully give your readers and followers an insight into some of the things that matter to you.

Arabella: Are there any organisations, writing, or reader groups, you belong to? And, how do they support or help you in creating such wonderful, inspirational novels?
Sue: I belong to the Romance Writers of America and its satellite branch, The Beau Monde.

Arabella: Where do you read? Sofa or bed or ____?
Sue: Everywhere. Sitting. Standing. Laying Down. Walking.

Arabella: In your latest Regency release, Georgiana: Pride & Prejudice continued…, who is your favourite characters and why?
Sue: My latest release is Georgiana: Pride & Prejudice continued… Book Three. My favourite character. Hmmm…. That’s like trying to choose your favourite child. The most obvious answer would be one of the two main characters, but I have a bit of a crush on Viscount Ashton. He had cameo appearances, but stole the show in each of them.

Arabella: When writing a novel, how do you work? Are you a plotter or pantser?
Sue: For over ten years I was a true blue pantser, but I’m finding that I have to plot out these stories because of the interweaving characters and timelines. It’s a four-book series and a calendar with each event is a MUST and this led to plotting out the scenes, etc., etc. It wasn’t as scary as I thought.

Arabella: It’s your day off. The WIP (work-in-progress) is going to plan and you’re free to do what you like. Which would you prefer to do?
1) Spend a morning in the grounds of a stately home or historic building?
2) Find the nearest library and sit in a quiet corner with a research book?
3) Scour the local antique shops and flea markets looking for Regency bargains?
Sue: If the answers above are my only choice, I’d tour the grounds of a stately home or historical building. I do all my research in my office and I loathe shopping.

Ruthven Park - Ontario

Arabella: We all have a long list of books we keep meaning to read but never have the time for --- which book is a must read for you this season?
Sue: I’ve got a few on pre-order (Ella Quinn and Suzanne Enoch) and that’s the length of my TBR. I’m retired and so I have the leisure of a few hours a day to read. In fact, I read three books yesterday. (Yes, I’m an extremely fast reader and No, I don’t skim. Ask my husband. He, to this day after 38 years, does not know how I do it.) (Neither do I.)

Arabella: Which historical locations, cities or buildings have given inspiration when writing your Regency novel(s)?
Sue: I try to stick to the ones most familiar to readers and so my characters shop at Hatchard’s, Gunther’s, Bond Street and may, or may not, be a member of Almack’s. So far, I’ve only included White’s, but I have researched the other men’s clubs and one day may use them.

Almack's Assembly Hall

Arabella: What about your future plans? Any books or series in the making?
Sue: I am working right now on Mary: Pride & Prejudice continued… Book Four. This revolves around Mary Bennet and Colonel Fitzwilliam. I’m enjoying this so much because no one expects Mary to attract such a prestigious person and the Colonel… well he has deep seated issues and night terrors from being a seasoned military man. The dynamics are fun to write.

Thank you for joining me on Arabella’s Blog and Chit-Chat, Sue. I’m keen to discover if you develop Viscount Ashton into a lead character in your next Pride & Prejudice continued… series.
All the best for your latest release, Georgiana, and wishing you lots more #Regency romance writing…

About Sue Barr

Sue Barr - Author

‘The prairie dust is in my blood but no longer on my shoes.’

Although it’s been over thirty-seven years since Sue called Saskatchewan home, her roots to that straight-lined province and childhood friends run deep. The only thing strong enough to entice her to pack up and leave was love. When a handsome Air Force pilot met this small-town girl, he swept her off her feet and they embarked on a fantastic adventure which found them settled in beautiful Southwestern Ontario when hubby retired from the military and began his second career as an airline pilot.

Sue started writing in 2009 and sold her first manuscript in 2010. Always a reader of Regency romance, she discovered Jane Austen Fan Fiction. Almost immediately a question popped into her head, ‘Whatever happened to Caroline Bingley after her brother and Mr. Darcy became engaged to a Bennet sister?’, and the Pride & Prejudice continued… series was launched.

Sue is a member of Romance Writer’s of America and its satellite chapter, The Beau Monde. She is one course away from achieving her Professional Creative Writer’s certificate from the University of Western Ontario’s continuing study curriculum. In her spare time, she cans and preserves her own food, cooks almost everything from scratch and grows herbs to dehydrate and make into seasoning. Hubby has no complaints other than his trousers keep shrinking. At least that’s what he claims…. Her sons and grandkids don’t mind this slight obsession either.


Blurb:  Georgiana: Pride & Prejudice continued… Book Three

She longs for true love...

A dowry of thirty thousand pounds places a hefty weight upon the shoulders of Miss Georgiana Darcy. Her tender heart has been broken before by a cad who cared not one whit for who she was, but as a prize to be won, and she fears no man will ever see the worth of her heart.

Duty and honor...

These are the stalwart columns which hold up the life of Maxwell Kerr, Fifth Duke of Adborough. After rescuing Miss Darcy from an inescapable compromise, an offer of marriage is as natural to him as breathing air. When he discovers this is not the first compromise she has evaded, anger becomes his faithful companion and threatens their tenuous bonds of love and respect.



  1. Really interesting article. In awe of how fast you read, Sue!

    1. Hubby and I were reading in bed and he grabbed my book, saying that there was no way I could read that fast. The flicking of the pages had driven him to distraction. To prove his point, he flipped to several pages and asked questions. When I answered back, with details, he grudgingly handed the book back to me. It's a gift. I started reading before I was four.

  2. Sue - Thank you for producing a wonderful post to share with your readers and followers. I hope, Mary: Pride & Prejudice continued… Book Four is soon to be with us. If you can write as fast as you read... :)
    Best wishes, Arabella


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