Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Author Jeanne Barrack Gets Silly

I caught up with gay romance author Jeanne Barrack at Steamworks bathhouse in Chicago, where we conducted our interview in the steamroom. Jeanne was the first woman allowed inside these hallowed walls, but she convinced the owner to give her admittance so she could do research on just what gay fellas do.

In between taking notes on various sexual positions and acts, Jeanne offhandedly answered my silly questions.

1. If you could invite any famous person, dead or alive, for dinner, what would you eat?
Depends upon the guest. I love to cook and foreign food is a favorite. So, for Lucrezia Borgia, one of my favorite people, it would be old school Italian dishes from her neck of the woods, Emilia Romagna. An elaborate menu, including: Pasticcio alla Ferrarese. A very fancy dish that would probably take me all day to make. But only the best for Lucrezia. If I want to live to cook another day.

2. Who do you think you are?
Most of the time I haven't a clue!

3. What’s your problem?
What isn't?

4. If you could have one wish, would you give it to me?
Why not? I'm pretty sure you wouldn't kick Antonio Banderas out of your bed.[RR: You'd be right].

5. Where you at?
Wherever I am at the moment. And soon I won't even know that.

6. If you had to choose only one vice, what would it be?
Sloth. I like my naps. [RR: Me too; shall we take one now?]

7. What’s your favorite brand of cereal?
Kellogg's Rice Krispies. It really freaks me out what a weird guy the founder was.

8. When you wake up in the morning, what celebrity do you most resemble?
Phyllis Diller -- that hair, those bloodshot eyes... [RR: And don't forget the laugh!]

9. Do you know your ass from a hole in the ground? And if so, how do you tell the difference?
Mine is more round, more firm, more lily-white

10. Do you have anything you’d like to plug?
Oh, boy, Rick, the punchline that fits this question! But, seriously, Bend in the Road, my current release from MLR Press. I like to think of it as Fiddler on the Roof meets La Cage Aux Folles. Two stories take place within the world of a traveling theater troupe in 19th century eastern Europe. The first story has a cross dressing theme, the second one has jeweled nightingales. Get it? Okay, so I'm no Groucho Marx....wait a minute, I am Groucho!

Jeanne's Bio:
I'm a native New Yorker from Brooklyn, married for thirty-odd years to my high school sweetheart. I now live on a mountain top in rural Pennsylvania but will soon be following a wandering star somewhere over the rainbow. I play guitar and studied voice privately with a coach from Julliard. I sing everything from folk music to Grand Opera - in ten languages including Gaelic and Hebrew. My day job involves music therapy for seniors.

I write paranormal, urban fantasy, contemporary, historical, erotic romance, with both m/f and m/m content. My books are published with Loose Id, Liquid Silver Books, MLR Press, and Aspen Mountain Press You can find me on the web hanging out at my blog, The Sweet Flag and sharing the research I've done for most of my books at Jeanne's Guideposts.


  1. Hey, no matter how I prettyified myself in the end I always showed up as Phyllis Diller looking for action (you would've loved me!) but on my bad days I became Carol Burnette as the Cleaning Lady. Talk about getting guys, well, I was simply too scary but I did what I had to do;)))

    Jeanne, great interview! But don't mind me...I'm always the fool, duhhh...

  2. Hmm... should we now call her "Bathhouse Jeannie"? Bette might get a little jealous... ;)

  3. Oh, Bette and I are like that...We actually met at a bath house...probably need one soon...
    Name your song, guys...

  4. How about "I'm Beautiful, Dammit"? ;)