Introducing Nova Scotia author Barbara Carter. She has several memoirs to her credit: Floating in Saltwater, Balancing Act, Loose Gravel and a book of poetry Sad Girl, Bad Girl, and I. Her Most recent memoir, Ain’t Easy, was released in July. In this interview, she shares a little bit about it.
1) What is the title of your recent book? Is it a series, what genre is it and is it suitable for all ages?
My latest book is Ain’t Easy, a memoir of looking for love in all the wrong places.
This is book 4 in a series of memoirs that I’m working on. Each book can be read as a stand alone, or in sequence.
Most of my readers have started from the beginning and anxiously wait for the next book. Each book has a certain focus and theme and suitable for an adult audience.
2) In a few sentences, tell us a little about the book. Give us a glimpse of the plot without giving away any spoilers.
In the 1970s, a seventeen-year-old woman thinks she’s found the man of her dreams—a thirty-four-year old man. But when he turns out not to be the man she thought he was she tries to find love and happiness elsewhere. But it turns out not being so easy and she ends up losing herself to men and addiction, and ultimately must face the part she plays in creating her own misery.
This book is also about double sexual standards.
3) Who is the main character in this book? What is her name, where does she live and what do you like about her?
What I like about this young woman is how hard she tried to put her life in order, to try and find her place in the world, and how hard it was for her, and that she did the best she could with what she knew at that time.
It is a book about forgiving and loving yourself.
4) What inspired you to write this particular book?
What inspired me to write this book is what inspired me to first set out writing about my life experiences. First, I want to understand people better, including myself. The why. The choices people make. The missteps. The search for love and happiness.
I write to be vulnerable, to accept all parts of myself, and to share those parts we want to hide from others. I write to question issues and beliefs.
To talk about those things, we don’t want to talk about, especially how girls and young woman do things sexually for all the wrong reasons.
To help others know they are not alone. To know you can survive and get past hard times.
5) Where can readers buy this book?
Readers can locally contact me for a signed copy of my books. Or purchase from Amazon. (All links to my book can be found on my website.)
Learn more about Barbara on these websites.
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