A Day in the Life of Barb Han

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Try as I might, I can’t seem to drag myself out of bed before 9 a.m. I like to wake naturally, so I don’t force it. The first thing I do when I feel good and awake is order a decaf latte and call in Paulo, my masseuse. I like to welcome my day with a massage. The days go much better when I start off relaxed. When I’m ready to face the day (and my skin is generously oiled), I ask my housekeeper to make a light breakfast. Something like Eggs Benedict or Quiche Florentine usually does the trick. Okay, NOT!! (But I had you for a second, didn’t I?)

My life couldn’t be more opposite. Here’s a sample day in my sort-of-crazy-always-fun-and-busy life where mornings arrive far too quickly:

6:45 Wake up, drag myself out of bed, and then help the children get ready for school.

7:15 – 8:00 Run carpool (with two children, I spend a lot of time in carpool).

8 – 3 Is the blissful part of the day I call ‘me’ time. This is when I get to write without interruption and it’s beautiful. My friends will tell you that I guard my writing time like a rhinoceros protects its young. (Of course, the occasional school volunteer responsibility sometimes chips away at this. And I celebrate finishing a book or ending a great promotion by getting together with friends for lunch.)

3 – 4 Run carpool. (I know, back in carpool!)

4 – 5:30 Squeeze in another hour and a half of writing or promoting before I absolutely have to leave my keyboard and make dinner (on days when I don’t have to clean something or run to the grocery).

5:30 – 8:30 This is family time. We eat together every night (unless we’re pulled away by sport practices). Part of our family time includes exercising together. We try to walk or strap on roller blades every night after dinner (our good intentions are frequently derailed by some kind of kid activity, but we do our best). Then we’re off to showers.

8:30 – 10:30 I can squeeze in another couple hours of writing, promoting, or just good-ole-fashioned reading. Nothing refills my well like a good book!

10:30 – 11:00 Ah, bedtime *claps loudly* happens sometime between 10:30 and 11 most nights. Then there are those late nights which drag out until midnight (but we won’t talk about those because they make us grumpy).

I’m a big basketball fan, so I try to catch as many games as I can. I work weekends in between running my children to and attending their sporting events.

About the Author:MEDIA KIT Author PhotoBarb Han lives in North Texas with her husband, has three beautiful children, a spunky Golden Retriever/Standard Poodle mix, and too many books to count.

When she’s not writing, researching, or otherwise getting lost in a story, she volunteers at her children’s school, is in the kitchen ‘creating’ dinner, or can be found on or around a basketball court.

Writing contemporary romance and romantic suspense has been a dream come true for Barb—something she’s wanted to do for as long as she can remember. She left her corporate job, at her husband’s urging, and has been happily playing with her imaginary friends ever since.

In her down time, she plays video games and loves reading with her children. She also enjoys traveling with her family. Many of the places she visits end up in her books.

Twitter @BarbHanAuthor

perf5.000x8.000.inddAvery McAdams believes in order to truly be herself she needs to keep her head down, her guard up and her focus on her career. Until she’s hired by sexy, charismatic Ryker Li to pull off the event of the century, and he shows up personally to convince her to handle his next party. When she meets him face-to-face, she realizes a piece of her wants him to see her as attractive, which goes against everything she’s convinced herself she believes.

Rich, powerful Ryker has made an art form of getting what he wants, when he wants it, and then moving on. But something about Avery makes him want to stick around.

When he finds everything he never dreamed to look for in a woman, can the billionaire playboy commit to the biggest deal of all? Or will a lifetime of mistrust and suspicion turn them forever into rivals?


  1. Mary Preston says:

    The reality of life is more hectic that’s for sure. It’s a wonder you have time to write at all.


  2. Thank you for hosting today.

  3. You had me going for a minute! I loved Seducing Avery. And am looking forward to your new book, GONE.

    • Hi Jerrie! Wouldn’t it be great? A masseuse and a coo. (and neither one would be me!) ha! I’m so glad you loved Avery’s story. I hope you enjoy GONE too.

  4. Rita Wray says:

    You have a very busy life. Finding time to write must be difficult.


    • HI Rita! Life is busy but good! I gave up TV and most grown up social activities for writing. 🙂 But when my kids are grown, I’ll be out every night!! 🙂

  5. This sounds like a fun story.

  6. Dawn Staniszeski says:

    Your life sounds wonderful to me!! Writing, reading, family, and basketball!!! Love basketball..who is your fav team??
    Your book sounds great! Love the cover.

    • Hi Dawn! I feel blessed to get to do what I love and be surrounded by the people I love. Thank you! As for basketball, I’m going to take a lot of Heat for my answer…get it? I love the Miami Heat. I’m a huge fan of Chris Bosch (he’s from Dallas too). I also have to give a shout out to OKC Thunder, who doesn’t think Durant is an incredible player and person? And I’m a Bulls and Lakers (sorry for the season Kobe’s having) fan too. I miss the championship-winning Mavs team. I don’t even recognize the team this year (but then, who does?). I’m enjoying The Lak…,er Clippers team this year (even though they’re mostly former Lakers). Those are my top teams…it’s impossible to pick a favorite!! How about you? Who do you like?

      • Dawn Staniszeski says:

        The Bulls are my fav but there are so many players I really like. The league messed up the teams by trading everyone so it is hard to just like one or two teams anymore. You are correct…who doesnt like Durant! Steve Nash will always be one of my favs as well as Chauncy Billips. I love watching Blake Griffin play. There are so many more. So many good players out there!

        • Oh, me too, Dawn! I love the players you mentioned and I also love watching Blake Griffin play! I do love the Bulls!! I agree, the league messed up the teams. I really miss Tyson Chandler and J.J.! It doesn’t seem like the Mavs to me without Jason Kidd either. On the flip side, I do follow a lot of teams now because all my favorite players are so spread out!

  7. Thanks for taking us thru a day in your life. A golden retriever and poodle mix?! That I would like to see!

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

    • Hi Shannon! He’s a hundred pound cutie! He has the build and coloring of a Golden, but his fur is curlier and he hardly sheds at all. The only downside, I joke he’s a little dog trapped in a big dog body because he got the bark-at-everything-that-moves personality of a poodle.

  8. Catherine says:

    I love that the family has dinner together and fitness time in the evenings…Although Paulo seems like an integral part of your day that you need to get back! LOL.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

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