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K.A. Barson

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K.A. Barson graduated from Vermont College of Fine Arts with an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. She and her husband live in Jackson, Michigan, surrounded by kids, grandkids, unruly dogs, and too many pairs of shoes.



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K.A. Barson I always liked writing and reading, but I hadn't thought of being an actual author as a real career. I didn't know anyone who did that. To me, authors…moreI always liked writing and reading, but I hadn't thought of being an actual author as a real career. I didn't know anyone who did that. To me, authors were like rock stars or movie stars--they didn't feel like real people. In middle school and high school I wanted to be a preschool teacher because I really liked kids. That didn't happen, which was probably best. I ended up working in an office. It was a good job, but not a good fit for me. Then I had kids of my own. I homeschooled them, so I did end up teaching, which I still do, but now at the college level. I also started my own collection agency, which was ANOTHER bad fit. I was a horrible bill collector! I cared way more about the people and their stories than getting money from them. I dabbled in dog training and herbal remedies (for both dogs and humans). I spent a lot of time pondering what I wanted to "be". Eventually, I returned to writing and loved it. It took a while before I decided to pursue publishing my work though. Even after I did, it took a lot of time, work, and dedication to get there. I don't regret those bad fit jobs though. They helped me appreciate the right fit all the more. (less)
K.A. Barson Poorly. I get grumpy. I play on the Internet too much. I shop too much. I don't clean nearly enough. And I complain a lot. I'm happier when words are…morePoorly. I get grumpy. I play on the Internet too much. I shop too much. I don't clean nearly enough. And I complain a lot. I'm happier when words are spewing onto pages. (less)
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45 Pounds
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This book is so clever and so fun and so well-written that readers will find themselves cheering for a rock. Sure, that rock is carved into an adorable, enchanted gargoyle, but he's a rock nonetheless. It's a high seas adventu...more
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This book sneaks up, pulls you in, and carries you away on a crazy underwater adventure, much like a riptide, except WAAAY more enjoyable.

There's thrilling danger and a bit of violence, but it's not overdone. It's perfect for the kid who really wants...more
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Each word in this novel packs a punch. None are wasted, which beautifully illustrates how every drop of water is a matter of life or death for these fabulous characters. Told from three different points of view, including a dog (which I LOVED), this...more
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“I change the channel to another movie. An old one, but new to me. And, ironically, a thin, gorgeous blonde—Meg Ryan, maybe—rides her bike on a country road. She smiles like she has no cares in the world. Like no one ever judges her. Like her life is perfect. Wind through her hair and sunshine on her face. The only thing missing are the rainbows and butterflies and cartoon birds singing on her shoulder.

Maybe I should grab my bike and try to catch up with Mom, Mike, and the kids. They can't be going very fast. I would love to feel like that, even if it's just for a second—free and peaceful and normal.
Suddenly, there's a truck. It can't be headed toward Meg Ryan. Could it? Yes. Oh my God. No! Meg Ryan just got hit by that truck.

Figures. See what happens when you exercise?”
K.A. Barson, 45 Pounds

“And while the shape of my family might not match other families - or even what I imagined it should be - some pretty amazing people make room for me, watch out for me, and love me. Sometimes, even when I don't know it. Make it so I fit. No matter what.”
K.A. Barson, 45 Pounds

“I'm still not at my ideal weight. I didn't lose forty-five pounds before the wedding. Who knows if I ever will. I've lost twenty-seven and a half pounds, and that's better than nothing. Somehow, though, today I'm thinking more about what I've gained than what I've lost.”
K.A. Barson, 45 Pounds

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K.A. Barson Gabby wrote: "Thanks for the add, K!
I must say that I loooooove your book!
Hope it isn't the only one! :D

Cheers from Cancún, México."


Thank you, Gabby! I'm so glad you liked it!

I'm working on another book now. It's about a high school cosmetology student. It's not a sequel, but some of the characters from 45 POUNDS might show up as cameos. ;)


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Gabby Thanks for the add, K!
I must say that I loooooove your book!
Hope it isn't the only one! :D

Cheers from Cancún, México.


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