USA Noir

USA Noir:Barbara’s story, “Crazy for You,” that was published in 2010 in Orange County Noir is included in USA Noir: Best of Akashic’s Noir Series, released November, 2013. The new anthology includes short stories by some of the greats in the suspense field: T. Jefferson Parker, Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Joyce Carol Oates, and more. Details and purchase information ».

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An article on Victoria Patterson, author of The Little Brother

Back in 2006, the Greg Haidl case was big news here in these parts–Newport Beach, Newport Coast, Corona del Mar–and in perhaps all of Orange County. I followed the story, fascinated and sickened by how what happened could have happened. This year novelist Victoria Patterson, who went to high school at Corona del Mar High, where my son graduated from, published her novel The Little Brother, inspired by the case. She’s been on Writers on Writers with me, a featured author at the Pen on Fire Speaker Series, and will visit with my private studio workshop tonight. Here is an interview I did with her for the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Jillian Lauren and Jonathan Galassi on Writers on Writing

Barbara talks with memoirist Jillian Lauren, author of Everything You Ever Wanted. 
During the second half, Nicole Nelson talks to Jonathan Galassi, President and Publisher of FSG and debut novelist, about his new book Muse.

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(Broadcast date: September 30, 2015)

Jillian will be a featured author at the Pen on Fire Speaker Series and Salon in Corona del Mar on October 13. 

Gail Godwin and Parnaz Foroutan on Writers on Writing

Barbara DeMarco-Barrett talks with Gail Godwin, novelist and memoirist, about her new memoir Publishing, and the changes she’s seen in the industry, being a student in Kurt Vonnegut’s workshop, and working with the same agent for 50 years. Then debut novelist Parnaz Foroutan, author of The Girl from the Garden, talks with Nicole Nelson about why she used an unreliable narrator, the responsibility that comes with telling a story inspired by family history, and the benefits of “talking to your demons”while writing, and letting them guide you to the good stuff.

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(Broadcast date: September 16, 2015)

Novelists Lisa Glatt and Victoria Patterson on Writers on Writing

Novelists Lisa Glatt, author of The Nakeds and Victoria Patterson, author of The Little Brother, talk about creating literary page turners, writing autobiographical fiction, and dealing with saggy middles. Victoria Patterson will be at the Pen on Fire Speaker Series on Tues., Aug. 18, and Lisa Glatt will be at the Series on Sept. 8. Visit www.penonfire.com/speakerseries for more information and to register.

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(Broadcast date: August 12, 2015)

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