Excited I am to share this Barbara Newman and The Dreamcatcher Codes interview at Fanbase Press with you. You can find the interview here and read some excerpt below. Should you want to interview Barbara yourself or review The Dreamcatcher Codes, any promotion really, please let me know and we will be happy to make that happen. Cool? Excellent. Thank you.
BD: The novel deftly combines fantastical elements with the real-world issues of climate change and female empowerment. What can you share with us about your creative process in weaving these narratives together, and what have been some of your creative influences?
BN: The archetype of the cowgirl was a strong influence; these women and girls are strong, unstoppable, badass, like the Fearless Girl statue going head-to-head with the bronze bull on Wall Street. But truly, the greatest creative influence was the natural world. I traveled to remote places, hiked solo in the high desert, slept under the stars without a tent, came face to face with rattlesnakes and monsoons, saw the stone people in rocks, learned about plant medicine and crystal grids, Native American mystics, and it all shows up in the book in some form. I had a great time doing the research.