Golden Gate Estates resident publishes third romantic comedy novel

Barbara Meyers has just gotten started. With her third novel now out, the Golden Gate Estates resident isn’t resting on her laurels. She’s working on more romantic comedy fiction.

This week, the novelist talked about how she has been successful so far.

“There’s always a lot going on under the surface, and I try to bring that out in my characters and plots,” she said.

A resident of the Estates for the past 15 years, Meyers latest novel, “A Month from Miami,” has romantic fiction fans and literary critics singing her praises.

Starting off as a writer when her children were toddlers, Meyers would pen different ideas down as she juggled her time with her family responsibilities.

“As a young mother staying at home, I would read works of fiction, and I was thinking to myself, I could write better than what was already published,” Meyers said. Her first short story piece, “The Toothbrush Test,” garnered literary accolades, along with a check in the mail soon after publication.

From there, Meyers penned further romantic comedy fiction and a plethora of poetry, such as “Hidden Assets,” which was published in 2001, and “Training Tommy,” released in 2002. But what sets “A Month in Miami” apart from her earlier works is her success with sales first through sales as e-books on Amazon.com and major booksellers.

Authors like Meyers are reaping rewards of accessibility of e-books, and booksellers now sell digital formats of fiction and nonfiction at a rate of six e-books to everyday traditional paper and hardback copy.

“E-books are greener and less expensive, so the market is exploding right now,” Meyers said.

“I wrote this book 10 years before I sold it,” said Meyers, adding that she was pumping gasoline at a gas station on Vanderbilt Beach Road when she realized her “ah-ha” moment for her plot of the book. “I thought about something hidden inside the gas tank, and what if I couldn’t get enough gas into the car. Originally, the heroine was from Detroit, and she was trying to drive down to Miami, then I changed where she was from, and most of the book takes place in northern Florida where her car breaks down.”

Meyers said she hopes her latest book will keep readers on their toes with every twist of fate, as the heroine overcomes in this love story, which is mixed with humor and balanced with a touch of an unsolved mystery.

“I think humor is kind of innate for me. My dad was always a great story teller. Everything was kind of facetious and sarcastic for him,” Meyers said of where her humor comes into play in her works of romantic fiction. “There’s enough pain and suffering in the world today, and what I write is escapist.”

Outside of her writing, Meyers is an avid crossword puzzle fan, and fitness buff, and has two grown children who are native Neapolitans. She resides with her husband Bill of 30 years with her dog, Pepper, a black lab mix, that she rescued from the pound.

“A Month From Miami” is available in paperback at national local booksellers, as an e-book at online retailers, and at www.BarbMeyers.com.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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