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I like fried dough with lots of powdered sugar. I like coffee and warm weather and old, mystical places.
Cafe du Monde, New Orleans, LA
I love books. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love books. My favorite stories when I was a kid were about princesses. My love for the paranormal world was born when I picked up a copy of Stephen King’s Salems’ Lot when I was thirteen. Then I met Anne Rice’s witches and vampires of New Orleans and I was entirely hooked.
The idea that magic and supernatural elements are part of our reality fascinates me. So I read about it. And I write about it.
In my former life, I worked in the auto industry, devouring books in my spare time. Then I had a chance to remake myself and I decided to go book-centric. The change was a steep slope, but I found that passion for a subject makes learning a pleasure and provides the fuel to accomplish your goals. Now I work in two libraries and I write books.
Obviously, my number one hobby is reading, but I also enjoy movies, music, sewing, gardening, and hiking. I collect elephant statues and I love Jack Skellington (Nightmare Before Christmas) merch. I live in Michigan surrounded by beautiful trees and lakes, although winter lasts way too long. My best writing days are when my cat sits on me and purrs – hard to type, but worth it!
Barbara Pietron is the author of the urban fantasy novels, Veiled Existence, Soulshifter, Thunderstone, and Heart of Ice. Having a love for witches and vampires before they were trendy, she gravitates toward stories with supernatural elements both when she reads and when she writes. Although classified as young adult, her books are enjoyed by a wide audience—pre-teen through adult.
Barbara’s novel Thunderstone was awarded 2013 Book of the Year Finalist status by Forward Reviews and before it was published, Thunderstone was a quarter-finalist in the 2012 Amazon Breakout Novel Award contest, winning a review by Publisher’s Weekly.
When she’s not writing, Barbara works in two libraries where she’s tortured by all the books she has yet to read. She’s a cult fan of the movies Labyrinth and Nightmare Before Christmas and a fan of all things Tim Burton. Barbara lives in Royal Oak, Michigan with her husband, daughter and sassy cat.