Barbara Gregorich Welcomes You!
Welcome to my web site, where you’ll discover some of the ways that a writer works and how a writer thinks: how some stories come to be.
When I was growing up, I yearned to be a baseball player or a writer — especially a mystery writer. I had no thought at all of writing about baseball, and certainly not about women in baseball. But things turned out otherwise.
Once I was an adult, the decision of what to write first was difficult. I opted for a baseball novel first, a mystery novel second. Thus She’s on First and Dirty Proof were my first two novels. At the same time, I was writing nonfiction and also children’s books. In addition to loving adult fiction, I particularly enjoy early readers. And I particularly enjoyed creating two of them —Waltur Buys a Pig in a Poke and Other Stories, and Waltur Paints Himself into a Corner and Other Stories — both published by Houghton Mifflin.
The world of publishing has undergone gigantic changes in the last few years, and one of these changes is the growth of self-publishing. Like many other writers, I participate in both worlds: the world of traditional publishing, and the world of do-it-yourself publishing. Since 2010 I have used self-publishing to reprint She’s on First and Dirty Proof, and also to publish new works such as Sound Proof and Jack and Larry.
As a writer, I want to share what I know — not just through novels and nonfiction books, but also through various teaching venues. One of the best venues I’ve found is my Facebook Author page. I use this page to discuss a new reading/writing topic each month. Topics which have received the most reader comments and responses include Naming Characters, Writing Habits, Great Expectations, Walden, The Sentence, and Titles.
Readers, regardless of their age, enter the book through its words and get swept away by its story. When you love a book, its characters live with you forever. I hope that some of my writing may live with you. Thank you for visiting