I’ve always loved stories and the interesting way certain people have with words. So I majored in English and Library Science in college, and later, with a Master’s Degree in English, I taught my subject at Pensacola Junior College. Having long wanted to try my hand at it, I started writing stories for children.

Story ideas are all around me. One of the fun things about traveling is learning new facts and feeling the lives of people who lived in those exotic locales. I especially love folk tales and myths.

I also enjoy stories about contemporary children and situations. I like to turn them into mysteries. My family have been indulgent enough to allow me to write about them, as well.

I have benefited greatly by the help given to me by my fellow writers in two critique groups. THANKS! You know who you are!I’m hoping to make more friends through this blog. Please feel free to leave a comment and introduce yourself.

~ Barbara

21 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. J. Aday Kennedy
    Jul 04, 2010 @ 23:24:50

    So, hats what you look like.
    J. Aday Kennedy
    The Differently-Abled Writer
    Children’s Book Author & Inspirational Spokesperson
    Klutzy Kantor & Marta Gargantuan Wings


  2. Jonellen Heckler
    Jul 05, 2010 @ 06:39:13

    I loved visiting your blog! Beautifully done.


    • Barbara Bockman
      Jul 05, 2010 @ 16:04:01

      Thank you, Jonellen.

      Are you still as busy as ever? We would love to see you at group some time.


      • Jonellen Heckler
        Jul 05, 2010 @ 20:33:12

        Still busy as ever! I do miss the group. Glad to read of your adventures.

  3. Jessica
    Jul 05, 2010 @ 10:18:14

    Hi Grandma!
    I love your blog! You found a very pretty background. I am so proud of you!! See you tonight 🙂


    • Barbara Bockman
      Jul 05, 2010 @ 16:05:52

      Hi Jessica,

      Yes, I finally did it!! I’m glad you like it. Is this the way we are going to communicate from now on? Maybe you would like to write a review of the new Twilight movie which we are going to see tonight.


  4. Priya Iyengar
    Jul 05, 2010 @ 12:16:59

    Dearest Barbara:

    Hearty congrats on your blog. The blogsite is simple and sweet. Your blog shows that you have done a quite a lot of homework and it reflects your taste and personality. It’s a wonderful opportunity to share your experiences and expertise through your blog. I’m proud of you.
    Love and hugs


    • Barbara Bockman
      Jul 05, 2010 @ 16:08:52

      Thank you, Priya.
      I had some wonderful encouragement and help from the SCBWI group. And also J. Aday’s blog was an inspiration.
      Do you have one, or are you planning to get one?
      I sent a critique of your latest Indian folk tale. Very interesting.


  5. Rita Conner
    Jul 21, 2010 @ 20:14:12

    Wonderful job. I’m putting in my request for a autographed book now. Love you and very proud of your many accomplishments.


  6. arthur Dodge
    Feb 11, 2011 @ 19:44:02

    I was on your site and wish you great success with your work. I can help others find your site as well. I would like to invite you to join our group of old, new, and aspiring authors, publishers, artists and their fans. This site is designed to help all of us promote ourselves and our work. You can use the videos, blogs, discussion groups etc. as tools to help achieve your goals or help others achieve theirs. Please check out the site and let me know what you think…the response has been great from the people who are now there. The site and all of its benefits are free.

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  7. Melanie Kissell
    May 31, 2011 @ 03:09:55

    Delighted to meet you, Barbara, and kudos to you on your upcoming novel!

    When someone knocks on the door of Solo Mompreneur for the first time, I always return the favor. It’s part of that “networking” thing you’ve been chatting about here. 🙂

    As a matter of fact, one of the best ways to boost your online visibility is by reading other blogger’s posts and leaving comments. In other words, you’ve got to become a professional blog hopper!

    But not just ANY blog hopper …

    You’ve got to be one that always posts well thought out and meaningful comments — comments that are engaging and grab attention. And ones that leave the author and her readers itching to know more about you. That’s the secret. Don’t worry — no charge for the tip. 🙂

    When you feel you’re ready, Barbara, (and if you’re interested) I would love to introduce you to some incredibly talented published authors and book marketers in my circle of influence. No pressure. Just give me a holler if you’d like some help crossing over that bridge to creating a rock solid presence online.

    Also, would you like to meet others who review books? If so, Jeanette Fuller is a fellow blogging buddy, avid reader, and book reviewer you might enjoy getting acquainted with: http://janettefuller.com/

    Wishing you buckets full of success!


  8. Anne Duguid
    Nov 23, 2011 @ 18:36:29

    What a lovely blog. I have thoroughly enjoyed visiting and shall most certainly be back. So much I want to catch up on.


  9. Joanne Lamond
    Dec 18, 2011 @ 19:29:50

    Barbara, your blog has so many facets I found myself reading and clicking, laughing and thinking deep, deep thoughts. I love the Monday Metaphors section. All those wonderful memories of English Lit courses come sprinting forward from the back of my brain. I know I’ll find myself incorporating more of the techniques in my writing.
    Reading of your many travels and how they have influenced your writing sounds familiar. Descriptions in my ebook, available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, were enhanced by many field trips, near and far.
    I like your blog. I may need to call on you for assistance if I set up a website.
    Keep up the great work!

    Joanne Lamond
    ebook: Daughter of the Sun: The Herbolaria’s Story


  10. soraya
    Jul 25, 2013 @ 13:11:29

    HI Barbara, I would like to know if you are in-charge of the SCWBI meetings in Gainesville, FL and when is the next one. I wrote an email to your bellsouth email…and tried calling the number posted on their website. Pls. let me know. Soraya Sus


  11. sueberger3
    Apr 21, 2016 @ 01:27:56

    lovely site, Barbara. Thanks for the review.


  12. barbarabockman
    Apr 26, 2016 @ 21:12:20

    I like your book, Sue. Wishing you great success with it.


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