Hi, I’m J.J. Barnes and I’m the author of The Lilly Prospero Series, including Lilly Prospero And The Magic Rabbit and Lilly Prospero And The Mermaid’s Curse, with more to follow.
I write fiction within the Siren Stories universe, currently releasing The Lilly Prospero Series with more to follow. I also write the Rose And Mum And More blog, and work on Podcasts including The Writer Mum Podcast, Siren Stories: The Podcast, and Winos On Whedon.
I’ve always loved to write and grew up a total story addict. I’ve loved reading books by amazing authors such as J.K. Rowling (obvs), Jodi Picoult, Dean Koontz, Tess Gerritsen, Kathy Reichs, C.S. Lewis and so many others. As well as reading I indulged my story love with television (hours and hours… and hours of television). I am a huge nerd for shows such as Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel, Charmed, Lost, Alias, Bones, and Firefly. Indeed, I am certain that so many of these passions I grew up binge watching right up to this day have influenced my writing style and my decision to focus on strong female characters in a world of magic and adventure.
Before I could read I still surrounded myself with story books, literally filling my bed with them and falling asleep on a pile of books. I would create elaborate stories with my toys and soon began writing comic books and simple stories, soon developing into attempting full novels. Of course, at first I would only get a few chapters in and I’d lose focus, and my understanding of story and story structure was minimal so my creations were meandering and confused. But, despite this, the passion grew.
I have learned how to guide a story, the importance of conflict, and how to shape the protagonist’s relationship with the antagonist. Hours of research, studying and practice have gone into these lessons and I am confident in saying that there are many more hours of learning I have yet to do. However, for now I am definitely more in control of my work than I have ever been before and able to create stories and characters that I genuinely love.
I began my blog, Rose And Mum And More, when my first daughter was born in 2012. I write about parenting, experiences with my children, and feminist issues, which hold a strong place in my heart. I completed my first novel (first published novel… others drift in the land of my laptop computer with no chance of being read by anyone) Lilly Prospero And The Magic Rabbit in 2015. In 2016 it was released as an eBook, and in 2017 it came out in a hardcopy which has been incredible to experience.
My books focus on strong female protagonists in the magical universe that is the backdrop for all Siren Stories. As well as The Lilly Prospero Series, which I am working on the third book for now, I am also working on the start of a new series. I am full of stories just waiting to get out, so assuming my children give me enough time to actually get them down, I’ll be aiming to bring them all to you!
If you have any questions or comments please get in touch, I’d love to hear from you and I’ll aim to reply as quickly as possible to everyone!