Guest Post: A Q&A with L. J. LaBarthe

Oh My Shelves welcomes author L.J. LaBarthe to the blog to answer a few questions for us in anticipation of her new book, Book, Line, and Sinker – releasing from Dreampsinner Press Friday, April 15, 2016 – and share a few photos of the Flinders Ranges, where the book is set.

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OMS: How did you come up with the title?

LJB: I love a good pun, and doesn’t a good book draw you in, hook, line and sinker? I know it’s a fishing term, but I still like the pun of book, line and sinker.

OMS:Four words to describe yourself.

 LJB: Thinking, aware, writer, photographer.P1000772

OMS: What inspired you to start writing?

 LJB: I’ve always written things, even when I was a child. I daydreamed a lot as a kid, and a lot of those daydreams ended up as little stories with accompanying drawings. I guess it just carried on through my life, though with less drawings.

OMS:Who are your favorite characters from Gay Romance?

 LJB: Jandu Paran and Keshan Adaru from “The Archer’s Heart” by Astrid Amara, Andrew Salazar, AK-0019 and the two BZs in “Feral Machines” by Ginn Hale, Mordred and Alan in “The Prince and The Program” by Aldous Mercer.

OMS:If you could co-write a book with any author who would it be and why?

LJB: Oh wow. I honestly have no idea! I have co-written one novel with Cate Ashwood, that’s called “Brick by Brick.”

 5OMS:What is your favorite love story and/or movie?

 LJB: I’ll go with movies, although this first one is both book and movie—Ennis and Jack in “Brokeback Mountain” is one. I’m a huge fan of Bollywood movies, and there’s always romance in those so the rest of my choices are Bollywood films. Arshia and Haider in “Haider,” Ayaat and Harinder in “Mausam,” Devdas and Paro in “Devdas,” Akbar and Jodhaa in “Jodhaa Akbar,” Surinder and Tani in “Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi,” and Veer and Zara in “Veer Zara.” I think that’ll do for the moment!

OMS:What do you do in your down time?

 LJB: Sleep. LOL. Watch some TV, go to the movies, hang out with friends, I do some weaving, nothing much.


Rapid Fire Questions with explanations of course!

We can’t let you off that easy.


Favorite Color?


Favorite Word?


Last book you read?

Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith.

Biggest pet peeve?

Chewing with one’s mouth open.

Coffee or Tea?

Both, but not mixed together.

Listener or Talker?

Both, but not simultaneously.

Night owl or Early Bird?

Early bird, I guess.

Dinner at home or dinner out?


Cake or cookies?


Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook?

All three!

What television shows are you currently addicted to?

Supernatural, Would I Lie to You?, Elementary, M*A*S*H reruns.

What is your next project?

I’m working on a vampire series at the moment.

Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers?

Thank you so much to each and every one of you who have read my books and supported me. You are all awesome.

Book line and sinkerBook, Line, and Sinker: by L. J. LaBarthe 
Release Date:  April 15, 2016
Pages: 200
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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After seventeen years serving in the Australian Army, Ash returns to his childhood home in the outback town of Quorn. Filled with the desire to live a happy life in peace and with loved ones, Ash is grimly determined to beat his PTSD and tackle his flashbacks.

What Ash isn’t prepared for is Jaxon, the new librarian in Quorn. Jaxon is calm, gentle, kind, and a rock for Ash’s battered psyche. Ash finds himself falling for the handsome newcomer, even as his mind and memories of the past torment him.

When he has the idea for a mobile library to bring books and entertainment to remote communities in the far north, Ash is delighted that Jaxon is with him every step of the way. But though the library, called Book, Line, and Sinker, takes off, Ash’s past continues to plague him. Can Jaxon’s love be enough to keep them together until Ash is strong enough to stand on his own?


About L.J. LaBarthe

L.J. LaBarthe is a French-Australian woman, who was born during the Witching Hour, just after midnight. From this auspicious beginning, she went on to write a prize-winning short story about Humpty Dumpty wearing an Aussie hat complete with corks dangling from it when she was six years old. From there, she wrote for her high school yearbook, her university newspaper, and, from her early teens to her twenties, produced a fanzine about the local punk rock music scene. She loves music of all kinds and was once a classical pianist; she loves languages and speaks French and English and a teeny-tiny smattering of Mandarin Chinese, which she hopes to relearn properly very soon. She enjoys TV, film, travel, cooking, eating out, abandoned places, urbex, history, and researching.

L.J. loves to read complicated plots and hopes to do complex plot lines justice in her own writing. She writes paranormal, historical, urban fantasy, and contemporary Australian stories, usually m/m romance and featuring m/m erotica. She has won several Rainbow Awards Honorable Mentions and another award for Best Historical Gay Novel.

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