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 her blog, Much to Write About, Barbara posts on reading and writing related topics on her Facebook Author page, covering a new topic each month. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Barbar...
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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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Keeping Cool in Outdoor Kitchens

Every summer my aunt, who lived on a farm, cooked in the outdoor kitchen rather than in the indoor kitchen. The more generic name for such a kitchen is a “summer kitchen,” but my aunt always called it the outdoor kitchen. The farmhouse, built around 1850, wasn’t air conditioned, and on a very hot day cooking in the kitchen was not only intolerable, it also made the rest of the house even hotter.





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Very well written, with highly empathetic characters and a well-realized setting: Youngstown, Ohio, 1977-78. The story is told in three sections, each from a different point of view, with all three POV characters sorrowing over the same incident. All ...more
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An enjoyable read. I especially liked the mix of cultures (one from Montreal, the others from Texas). The story moves easily through half a year of high school and the characters are well-developed.
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