Tuesday, February 8, 2022


I love being an author. It’s all about where your characters lead you. I start with a general idea. As the story unfolds, I type as fast as I can in hopes I keep up with my characters. They have had me jotting on napkins, making notes while I’m waiting in a line, and waking me up in the middle of the night. The hard part is always the ending. My characters live with me and when I reach the end of the story, it is hard to say goodbye. Sometimes, I let the story sit for a few days to make sure I’m okay with them leaving home to get published. Kind of like when you kids move out. LOL

I enjoy my grandchildren, and the time I share with them. They make me smile with their antics. I like to quilt, crochet, knit and sew. Cooking and baking are occasional itches I scratch. The rest of the time, they are necessary evils. LOL.

My greatest support comes from my husband. He has been my sounding board for all my stories. My daughters are also a great support to me. I couldn’t do it without my family.

Virginia Barlow’s recent release is the paranormal romance, The Witch of Rathborne Castle.

You can visit Virginia’s website at https://www.virginia-barlow.com or connect with her on Twitter, Goodreads and Facebook.

Thank you for this interview!  I’d like to know more about you as a person first.  What do you do when you’re not writing? I’m a mom and grandma. I sew, cook, clean, do laundry and drive my kids to school and back.

When did you start writing? I started writing years ago when my kids were young. I wanted to get them excited about reading and created a series of alphabet insect stories for them.

As a published author, what would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life? When I received my first contract. It was great.

If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why? I would go to Fiji, sit on the beach, stare at the waves, and write.

If you had 4 hours of extra time today, what would you do? Write, of course.

Where would you like to set a story that you haven’t done yet? India

Back to your present book, The Witch of Rathborne Castle, how did you publish it? Traditionally with The Wild Rose Press.

In writing your book, did you travel anywhere for research? No, just in my mind and on my computer.

Why was writing The Witch of Rathborne Castle so important to you? I really wanted to write a story about a clairvoyant heroine.

Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think that is? I get my best ideas as I’m dropping off to sleep. I think the reason is because the subconscious mind becomes more active and ideas flow.

Any final words? I love being an author and sharing my stories with my readers.

Lady Jane Lenwood is abandoned and alone in an empty castle in the middle of a dark twisted forest. The locals call her a witch because she has the “sight.”

When a wounded stranger is found within the gates, she is warned he carries secrets and their lives will be intertwined.

Lady Jane walks with a limp following a riding accident the night her mother left her. And had given up on having a normal life. She blames her misfortune on the current Duke of Rathborne.

Max Radley is sent by the king to find a traitor. His search leads him to Rathborne Castle and the beautiful woman living there. He must keep his identity a secret in order to find the traitor.

Lies, deception, and a grand scheme to relieve him of his wealth have the real villians framing him for treason.

Only Jane and her supernatural ability can save him, but in order to find the answer she must face her past and the feeling she has for him.


The Witch of Rathborne Castle is a riveting historical paranormal romance from start to finish. I hadn’t read more than a few pages before I was hooked. The plot unfolds at a nice easy pace with descriptive narration and a heroine to root for. Lady Jane is a mysterious character and her backstory plucked at my heartstrings. Max is a hero on a mission. Can he root out the traitor? The stakes are high for both Jane and Max which added to the anticipation. I did find the obstacles Jane and Max have to face a little over the top. But with each obstacle, they drew closer as a couple. There’s a wonderful gothic vibe to this story. There are quite a few twists I didn’t see coming, especially near the end. I may have gasped a few times. The ending was so unexpected, I got a little emotional. The Witch of Rathborne Castle is an engrossing historical romance with paranormal elements I thoroughly enjoyed reading. Fans of both historical romance and paranormal romance will love The Witch of Rathborne Castle. Reminiscent of classical historicals romance from the ’90s, The Witch of Rathborne Castle will sweep the reader away. Highly recommend! – N.N.Light’s Book Heaven Five Star Review

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