Just a quick note to say I am making one more try to be better about posting regularly. It’s been a difficult year – chronic bronchitis that went into walking pneumonia, in the midst of which one of my close friends died. I continue to write – I finished Ben January # 14, and am gearing up to start World War One in earnest with the Ashers & Ysidro – and am, for the first time in ages, working on what I hope will be the first book of a fanasy trilogy. (Since very few publishers are buying from outlines anymore, it has to be done “on spec,” which means finding time to wedge it in between other work and teaching). I also continue to do The Further Adventures, published now on Amazon Kindle Direct and on Smashwords, rather than through this website. (PayPal finally got on my last nerve). Two new adventures – “…And Pretty Maids All in a Row,” Antryg & Joanna, and “Damselblossom,” John & Jenny, just came out in October: “Pretty Maids” includes my first little painting (more a thumbnail sketch than anything else) of Antryg & Joanna on the cover.

I’ll be appearing at LosCon in Los Angeles on Thanksgiving weekend; also in a writers’ panel at the Palms/Rancho Park public library in LA, with Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, and John Dechancie about “Writing Then and Now,” the previous Saturday, November 21, at 2:30. (And considering I’m teaching up in Woodland Hills that morning, that’s gonna be a LONG damn day!)

I’ll also be at Gallifrey One, the Dr. Who convention in LA, in February.

All best,


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  4. Just finished Pale Guardian.

    It was a very good read.

    Oh, if James Asher ever chooses to become a Vampire, I hope he has Don Simon “do the job”.

    That would be a “stick in the eye” for Grippen. :evil:

  5. I’ve read nearly everything you’ve written & hope you keep going for many more years. You haven’t posted here in a long time–maybe you’re too busy writing and editing! Thanks for your great work. I loved your characters in the Darwath trilogy–the way you treated a woman being a swordsperson as normal. It opened my eyes & warmed my heart!

  6. Hey, I just wanted to say I’m a huge fan of the Windrose Chronicles (so was my dad, hence why I’m named after Antryg) and I just wanted to ask you some questions about the books and other stuff but it’s way too long to put on here, so if you have the time it’d be lovely to get an email from you.

  7. I just wanted to tell you how much I loved Children of the Jedi. It was a great page turner and I think you have a knack at writing in this saga.

  8. I have enjoyed many of Barbara’s books and had until recently been a big fan of Benjamin January (actually still am) but stumbled upon James Asher series by accident and just hooked me. I just finished Darkness on his Bones and was looking at the updates and noticed she talks about number 3 and this is number 6, I’m hoping number 7 is in the works, is there any possibility of that? Also my buddy Cass is a big Asher fan too, this copy of Darkness on his Bones is actually going to her next. I have also enjoyed her scifi stuff. I am a big fan and understand that she is to busy to answer each and every email etc. But just wanted to pass that along.

  9. I have just finished reading 13 of the Benjamin January novels, and thoroughly enjoyed each and every one. Thank you for writing such a set of intriguing and informative set of books. I cannot tell you how much I learned from the books, and how thankful I am to you for writing them. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and the Best of the holiday season to you Barbara.

  10. Oh frabjous joy – a new trilogy! Having just steamed my way through ‘The Darkness in His Bones’ as well as your two latest short stories (thank you Kindle); I will be waiting with bated breath whilst re-reading the Keep of Dare books over Christmas. I can’t wait, you still top my favourite fantasy writers of all time along with the sadly departed Sir Terry Pratchett, for sheer writing brilliance, strong characters, positively lush description and intricate but clear plotting. So glad you’re feeling better and here’s hoping it remains so.

    Many thanks for your writing – it is an absolute joy to read. :-)

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