Spa Weekers had the chance to chat with bestselling author Barbara Delinsky on our Facebook page.

Yesterday, our readers enjoyed a real treat: A live Facebook chat with bestselling author Barbara Delinsky, in honor of the release of her newest novel, Sweet Salt Air!  Our readers asked Barbara questions on everything from writing to food. All in real time. For  those who missed out on the party, here’s a recap of our favorite points.

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Lauren Conlon started off by asking the question on everyone’s mind, “Where do you get your inspiration from?”, Barbara replied,  “From anywhere. Mostly the news. But Sweet Salt Air came from the little box containing my grandkids umbilical cord blood when they were newly born. I wanted to know what this might be used for, and Sweet Salt Air is the result.”

We also learned how Barbara became a writer, “I’m an accidental writer. I read an article in my local paper, the Boston Globe, about women who wrote novels, and it sounded easy to do, so I tried. I had three young kids at home then. It was a perfect occupation for a mom.”

Does Barbara use real people in her books? Barbara’s take, “I try to avoid writing about people I know. That would be the best way to make enemies. Inevitably there are tiny things in my characters that come from things I observe.”

Despite the fact that food is a major component of Sweet Salt Air, Barbara does NOT like to cook. Rather, it’s something she wishes she could do, and she tends to write about what she dreams about! What would you guess she’d do if she weren’t a writer?

Despite the fact that food is a major component of Sweet Salt Air, Barbara does NOT like to cook. Rather, it’s something she wishes she could do, and she tends to write about what she dreams about! What would you guess she’d do if she weren’t a writer? Jane Pritchett-Feyl asked, and we loved the answer! She would work an easy and fun 9-5 at the Bloomingdales makeup counter. We’re into it…can we join her at the counter?

Barbara was generous to share tips for aspiring writers, including on how to avoid writer’s block. “I try to think ahead in my book and get myself emotionally involved in what will happen two or three chapters farther. Then it’s easier to go back and write the bridge to these emotional chapters. Sometimes I set a timer for 30 seconds and force myself to write until it rings. Sometimes I go shopping. “

Sweet Salt Air was released yesterday, but some are looking forward to her NEXT book already! What we know so far? That it’s set in central Massachusetts…trees, charming towns and Victorian homes will set the scene.

And of course, the question on every Spa Weeker’s mind…what’s Barbara’s take on the spa! As predicted she’s a fan, and she even shared her favorite treatment with us! She says “Anything that involves a leg massage. Since I’m always running here and there, my legs take a beating. Finish off a leg massage with a pedicure, and I’m in heaven.”

To close it off, we found out what she’s reading now! On the list is The Interestings, by Meg Wolitzer, You Before Me, By Jojo Moyes, and Lean In by Sheryl Sandburg.

A big thanks to everyone who joined us! Don’t forget to enter the Sweet Salt Air Giveaway, where you could win a copy of the book and $500 in other prizes!

Arielle Sidrane is the lip product-obsessed Media Coordinator at Spa Week.