Barbara Gregorich

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Barbara Gregorich grew up playing baseball and reading mysteries. As a result, SHE'S ON FIRST (Contemporary, 1987) was a baseball novel and DIRTY PROOF (Pageant, 1988) a mystery. But just in case the pitcher thinks he knows what Barbara will do when she stands on base, she enjoys unsettling him by writing nonfiction as well as fiction . . children's books as well as adult books . . . poetry, too.

In addition to baseball, Barbara has long been part of movements supporting economic and political justice for all. Her first YA novel, THE F WORDS, which will be published by City of Light Publishing on September 1, 2021, centers on high school teens fighting for justice and equality.

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Barbara Gregorich Thanks for the question, Elizabeth. I discussed the pros and cons of series books on my Facebook Author Page in November, 2014. The link is: https://w…moreThanks for the question, Elizabeth. I discussed the pros and cons of series books on my Facebook Author Page in November, 2014. The link is: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Barbar...

In general, I think series, which have been around for at least 200 years, possibly 300 (nobody knows or agrees on what the first book series was), are a good thing. Readers crave knowing more about the characters they love, and writers enjoy expanding upon what they have created. These are positive things.

On the negative side, it's very difficult for a writer to keep visiting the same characters once a year, every year, with no end in sight. Creativity dries up. Routine sets in, as does predictability. Publishers pressure writers to write the same thing that sold before. Sometimes this works successfully, sometimes not. I think each series has to be judged on its own merits.(less)
Barbara Gregorich I almost never have what's termed "writer's block" — not able to think of what to write next, or having trouble with how I should proceed with the boo…moreI almost never have what's termed "writer's block" — not able to think of what to write next, or having trouble with how I should proceed with the book. For one thing, I have more book ideas than I'll ever be able to turn into books, so the problem of what to write next doesn't exist. On occasion I do have trouble figuring out how to proceed with a book. What I do then is start writing (by hand, on a tablet) possible approaches to the book. This type of thinking is usually stimulating: it allows me to see possible approaches to a book. Within a very short period of time, say one day to one week, I end up choosing one approach over all the others. And then I start to write.(less)
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My Writing Life: 10

The 2010s were a new and very different time for me as a writer, in three important ways.

First, I dipped my toes into the world of self-publishing . . . and then I jumped into the enterprise head-first. Because I’ve blogged about most of my self-published books before, I won’t dwell on them. But I will quickly recap the ones I published in the period 2010-2015.

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The first of these was She’s on F

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