Sketch by Theresa Barker.








About my work

The smell of books in a library does something for me.  When I take a book off the shelf in the library, there is a smell in the pages that promises adventure.  As a writer I am looking for the surprise.  I want to discover the character you’ve never seen before or the premise so unusual it knocks you back.  The fresh word or phrase that yanks you out of your everyday life and plunges you into adventure.

The best thing someone has said about my writing is: “I’ve never encountered a story like this before.”  In my work I strive to fulfill the promise of adventure, surprise, and delight that I found in books from my local library’s shelves.

Current projects

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Most recently I participated in National Novel Writing Month (nanowrimo). I wrote 2000 words a day until I reached the word target of 50,000 words. It was liberating, death-defying, and inspiring! If you’ve ever stretched yourself beyond what you thought you could do before, whether it was in sports, education, or another activity, you may know that feeling of being surprised and elated by the results.

About my writing process

Writer are always learning from each other. What time of day to write, whether to write longhand with pen and paper, or using a keyboard on a computer; what you need to start a piece, how to know when you’re done with a story; how to solve problems of description, characterization, dialogue, and story or plot. On my blog I share information and insights into the writing process, along with short excerpts of my work. Theresa Barker- Lab Notes.


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