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Barbara A. Barnett

The Cycle of the Sun, fiction, Issue 18, March 1, 2012

The Perfect Instrument, fiction, Issue 26, March 1, 2014

The Music of a Soldier's Soul, fiction, Issue 41, December 2017

Barbara A. Barnett is a writer, musician, orchestra librarian, coffee addict, wine lover, and all-around geek. In addition to NewMyths, her short fiction has appeared in publications such as Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, Daily Science Fiction, and Flash Fiction Online. She is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop and currently serves as managing editor of the workshop's blog. Barbara lurks about the Philadelphia area, where she lives with her husband and a pantsless stuffed monkey named Super Great. You can find her online at

Get to know Barbara...

November 19 

When did you start writing? 
I was about 8 years old. I remember pestering my mother to come watch as I made my stuffed animals act out an adventure I had created for them. Busy mom that she was, she told me to go write it down. So I did. After that, writing down all the crazy ideas that popped into my head seemed like the natural thing to do. 

When and what and where did you first get published? My first published work was a satirical, Douglas Adams-inspired science fiction story called "Harvey Benson and the Search for the Meaning of Life," which appeared back in 1997 in a little zine called Story Rules. But it wasn't until several years later that I finally started writing, submitting, and selling stories with any kind of consistency.

 What themes do you like to write about? It'd probably be easier to list the themes I don't like to write about. I'm all over the place.  

 What books and/or stories have most resonated with you as an author? Why? How do these stories and their characters find expression in your work? My tastes as a reader are pretty eclectic, but one book I can always point to as a huge influence is Peter Beagle's The Last Unicorn. The prose is just gorgeous; I still tear up whenever I read the opening paragraph. But what strikes me the most is how Beagle manages to pack so much into such a deceptively simple story: whimsy, magic, satire, action, love, friendship, and a ton of other things, all wrapped up with a beautiful and bittersweet ending. If any of that has found expression in my own work, I'd say it's in my attempt to do a lot with as little as possible and to capture that balance of magic, laughter, and heartache. How successful I've been, of course, is another story entirely.

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