Barbara was born in New York City and but now lives somewhere else. By now, she thinks of herself as a country girl and knows more about gardening and animals than how to ride the subway.
Starting her career by writing tweens and YA books, (and did the cover photography for her first two books published by Atheneum so continuing to do the covers to her ebooks is predictable), she was actually aiming at the small screen. Television seemed like the perfect place for her even if she had no clue how to get there. Life is funny and often presents opportunities. Advice--Grab Them! Through a neighbor, Barbara wound up getting an introduction to a lower honcho at ABC and an audition to write for them. Her hopes were more than dashed, they were disintegrated, evaporated, demolished when ABC couldn't find a place for Barbara on General Hospital. (No Luke and Laura in her future!) To ease the crushing disappointment, Barbara wrote “In Real Life I'm Just Kate” about a 17 year old girl who becomes a star on a soap opera. That became an open sesame moment and shortly thereafter Barbara became the last headwriter for NBC's daytime serial, The Doctors, where she was ordered by the network to kill Alec Baldwin, shooting him not once but twice. With two different guns. From different directions.
Ah, good times.
You can read the book that started Barbara’s television career as the Kindle YA ebook, “Just Kate”, now with a substantial tweak because living life made her smarter.
You can also read about some could-be-hers-could-be-rumors experiences gleaned during Barbara’s stint in daytime television in the Kindle romantic comedy, In Under My Head. Barbara is a recipient of a Writers Guild of America Best Writing Award for her work on One Life To Live.
Whether you're looking for a Mature YA or a romantic comedy, Barbara has a book for you!
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“You tell and next time you won’t even be able to crawl away.”
Neal Marchal lived with this threat for the next eight years. When she finds her neighbor murdered, she knows who did it. The why is the secret the family has been keeping forever. The reminder to never reveal the secret is her limp.
She rebuilt her life and now Neal has everything to live for—music, performing and a growing affection for the young man who pulled her to safety.
Then Joe comes home. Neal knows Joe’s going to finish what he started 8 years ago because she told. But this time Neal vows the outcome will be different.
Q) What inspired you to write this story?
A friend of mine was brutally murdered. You struggled trying to understand such a tragedy. Why did someone do this? What were the reasons this happened? It took me several years to put all the pieces together and when I finally did, I wanted to write about it.
Q) How long did it take you to write?
It took me several years and many rewrites. It’s a difficult book, for me and for some readers. I had to be precise and know what I was trying to say. This wasn’t the kind of book one writes in 6 weeks.
Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
I love telling stories and I love it even more when they’re appreciated. I love getting an email that says “I’ve read this book again and again.” I have one person who probably knows the series better than I do at the moment. I think she has it memorized!
Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
Whatever takes me away from my work is guaranteed to make me quite grumpy.
Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
I think I would have liked to be George Gershwin’s girlfriend. I know she wasn’t famous but to be in love with such a talented man, a genius of a musician, I think that would be a good way to spend one day. I think the day would have been Feb. 12, 1924 the day Rhapsody in Blue was first performed. That must have been one heck of a day.
Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
I have some white miso that should be ditched. I don’t think it goes bad but I’m tired of looking at it.
Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
I just completed Bittersweet Farm 2—Joyful Spirit. My next book will be the final book in the Bad Apple series and it will be entitled Parked. I expect that will be published sometime this summer if everyone is very lucky. I tend to write quite slowly so it will definitely not be this spring.
Thank you for having the interview on your blog.