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About Barbara

Personal bios are really hard to write for those of us who make a living dramatizing bios for pretend people. Anything I write about me feels totally boring. But it is what it is. So here goes.

I was born and raised in suburban Boston. My mother’s death, when I was eight, was the defining event of a childhood that was otherwise ordinary.

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About Before and Again

Mackenzie Cooper does not want to be who she was — the one who was driving with her eyes on her phone just long enough to cause a deadly accident that cost her everything. In order to survive, she becomes someone new, someone better — until the past returns.

Before and Again is a story of vital relationships — mothers and daughters, spouses and siblings, true companions and fair weather friends — and the courage it takes to make them work.

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What Barbara’s Reading

Sing, Unburied, Sing

I’m a Tuesday person.  Tuesdays are when new books hit the stands – did you know?  A publisher once told me that the practice was rooted in giving a book a full seven days of [...]

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Be a part of Barbara’s most dedicated readers by joining her street team. Find out how to access Barbara’s books ahead of pub-day and what goes on behind the scenes she writes.

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Latest Blog Entry

Why I Hate New Year’s Resolutions

When was the last time you made a New Year’s resolution you actually kept? Think about it. And be honest. What resolution have you made in, say, the last five years that you’ve actually seen all the way through? If you’re anything like me, you’re stuttering, trying to come up with one. Because the resolutions we make for ourselves are all wrong. They are large and [...]

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