Author Interview ★ Rebecca Barber ★ Swimming Upstream Series


The Swimming Upstream Series
by Rebecca Barber

Perfection is Just an Illusion
(Swimming Upstream, Book One)


To the world James and Anna look like the perfect couple. He was a worldwide superstar athlete, decorated with world records, gold medals and million dollar sponsorship deals. She was a normal girl with a normal life complete with insecurities and fears. But together they were indestructible.

When the world tries to tear them apart time and time again James and Anna must stand together in the face of adversity and fight to win. And this time, fight for their lives. Proving once and for all that perfection is just an illusion.

Nobody's Obligation
(Swimming Upstream, Book Two)

Ava Jacobs is a shy accountant by day, aspiring romance writer by night—and 
her first novel just got published…

Romance isn’t a big component of Ava’s life. That is, her real life. As the monotonous 
nature of crunching numbers and drawn-out board meetings slowly eats away at 
her, the only bright side to her otherwise mundane routine lies on the black and 
white pages of her debut romance novel. Her inspiration? A long-time 
nfatuation—Tyler Andrews.

Until the Olympic swimmer read her novel and connected the dots…

Tyler Andrews is used to being the center of attention. But when his sister throws a 
romance novel in his lap, he’s surprised to be the inspiration for the hot, hunky hero. 
He has no idea who Ava Jacobs is, but he’s not at all happy with her using his 
likeness to spice up her steamy scenes. When he finally tracks her down, it’s her 
likeness that intrigues him.

It takes just one romantic dance at a company banquet to spark disaster…

When Tyler’s manager arranges a daring publicity stunt and offers him as an auction 
item at Ava’s fundraising banquet, the bids come in quick and hot. Little did Ava 
expect the winner, a work colleague, to donate Tyler as Ava’s date. With all eyes on 
the Olympic athlete, Ava can’t refuse a romantic dance. But even though Tyler was 
the inspiration for Ava’s steamy novel, she refuses to accept his attention if it’s not 

Will Tyler lose the one woman who caught his interest? Or will Ava push him 
away in an effort to prove she’s…

Nobody’s obligation.

Twenty Questions

How long have you been writing? 
20 years

Do you ever feel like one of your characters is you? 

How many hours’ sleep do you get each night? 
6 minimum

Name one day job you’ve had. 
McDonald’s Drivethru attendant

Do you write every day? 
Nope L

What’s your usual writing snack? 
Chocolate coated sultanas

How many hours a day do you write? 

Do you have a new story idea in your mind right now? 
Too many

Do you ever write two books at once? 
Or more

If you had a superpower, what would it be? 

Name one song that reminds you of your book. 

About how many books do you read each month? 

What’s your favorite movie? 

Name one thing on your bucket list. 
 Ice Skate in Central Park

Flowers or chocolates? 

Name an author you’d love to have coffee with. 
Jodi Piccoult

The most words you’ve written in a day. 

What's your favorite fruit? 

In what room do you do most of your writing? 
My Office

Who is your celebrity crush? 
Scott Eastwood

Thank you so much for answering our questions!

About the Author

Rebecca, one of four kids to her parents who are both primary school teachers, was born in Wollongong on the south coast of Australia before moving to the country with her family. After a few years of embracing all that country life had to offer, the family relocated to Port Macquarie with its white sand beaches. 

After a brief period enjoying the sun and the surf they finally settled in Canberra where Rebecca still lives today. But all through her childhood a notepad and a book where never far away. 

These days Rebecca is an avid reader, and when she isn’t buried in a book or cheering on her beloved football team she’s spending time with her husband Robert and their overly spoilt dog Levi.

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