My name is Barbara McDowell and I’m glad you’ve made your way to my corner of the world. I am a short story author, burgeoning novel writer, and poet. From an early age, I’ve asked the question, “but why”? It is at the heart of my writing, which blends my fascination with the supernatural, true crime, and the quirks of how pop culture weaves into the corners. My stories are birthed with dark, human themes in a world where sometimes bad things happen. And in my head, there is a music soundtrack thumping the entire time.
My days working in marketing communications and now in training and development are a rich trove for source material. When I’m not dreaming up ways to make readers squirm, you’ll find me sipping on lattes in cool coffee shops, crocheting blankets, or imitating dance moves seen on award shows.
I’m very involved in the writing community and a member of the Horror Writers Association, Sisters in Crime, and Romance Writers of America. I am also active in various writer groups online and a 10+ year member of a local writers’ critique group of talented fiction authors, essayists, and poets. I published reviews on “The Voice” and “The X Factor” while serving as a contributing writer for Reality News Online. Late into the night, you may spot me dancing in the Midwest moonlight.
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