Thursday, March 3, 2016

                          Hi and thanks for visiting us here in the attic!

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Becky Barker. It's been the same all my life, even though I've been married for a few decades. As a teenager, I dreamed about marrying and taking a new, romantic surname. Then I met a very persuasive Marine with the same last name. (I'm technically Becky Barker-Barker.)

The name issue has caused some confusion over the years. At one time, our children had three sets of Grandma and Grandpa Barkers. Most people assume my husband is a brother to my siblings, and I'm the in-law. The local health department even questioned me about listing the wrong  maiden name on our son's birth certificate. Despite all that, I'm a very happily married mother of three with six 
grandchildren. A few of them are even Barkers. 



When my first book, CAPTURED BY A COWBOY, was contracted by Dell Candlelight way back in 1987, I thought about creating a sexy, romantic pseudonym. But I didn't want to use a name that could become the property of the publisher, so I stuck with the name that has been with me since birth!

I write contemporary westerns and romantic suspense. My most recent release is titled CHEY'S COWBOY, the second book in a series named BRIDLETON. I plan to be sharing more info about the series in future posts. I hope y'all will come back and visit regularly! 

20 comments:

  1. PS - I forgot to mention my monthly readers' contest at BeckyBarker.com !

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    1. *lol* There's always next time. Maybe we need to have a "hot news" page? Good luck with your latest book.

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  2. Becky I tried about 3 years ago to find a fun, "younger" sounding name for my women's fiction novels just to give me some distance from my sexier, funnier romances.

    My rather random search made me conclude that all the best names have been taken by porn stars. You laugh, but I'm not kidding! LOL

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  3. Bonnie - I'm not surprised that the porn stars grabbed all the sexier names! LOL!

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  4. What a fun backstory regarding your author name.

    Patty

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    1. Thanks, Patricia. It's basically the story of my life. LOL!

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  5. Hi Becky, I think you have the perfect author name. Easy to remember, and pronounce and the double B gives it a kind of rhyming sound. :) Great post, Becky!

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  6. Thanks, Paige! I hope it's easy to remember. ;-)

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  7. I didn't know your maiden name was also Barker. I think you should name a ranch in one of your future books the Triple B in honor of your initials!

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    1. Good idea, Janie! I like the sound of Triple B :-)

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  8. Great post, Becky. And interesting name thing! At least you didn't have to change your driver's license when you married!

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    1. Maddie - I didn't change my status with social security for about 10 years. Then someone told me I should switch from single to married. I didn't see any point in it!

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  9. Never thought there'd be a problem because you DIDN'T have to change your name after getting married. And you didn't even have to learn a new signature!

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  10. No worries about initials, either, Stacy!

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  11. That's so funny, Becky. I agree with the Triple B name for a series. Congratulations on your first post here.

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  12. Thanks, Joan. And a huge thanks for all your efforts on our behalf.

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  13. Great post, Becky, and I like your new group blog!

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  14. Thanks, Marcia James! Come back and visit as often as you like. :-)

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  15. Fun post, Becky. Loved Bridleton, by the way. Always appreciate a "can they save the ranch" story! Janet Ciccone

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  16. Music to my ears, Janet! Thanks for stopping by our new Gems blog. :-)

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