Author of The Apothecary’s Curse
Available from Pyr October 11, 2016
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Welcome to my world! Hectic, eclectic, sometimes exhausting. Reading, watching or writing, I’ve always had an affinity for literature’s (and pop culture’s) tragic antiheroes and misunderstood champions, whether on TV, in the movies or in literature. (In other words, Spock, not Kirk; Han Solo, not Luke Skywalker!).
About The Apothecary’s Curse…
Coming out October 11 from Prometheus Books’ Pyr Imprint, this genre-bending historical/urban fantasy mixes alchemy and genetics as a doctor and an apothecary try to prevent a pharmaceutical company from exploiting the book that made them immortal centuries ago…
Some early praise for The Apothecary’s Curse…
“The Apothecary’s Curse is part medical drama, part thriller, and completely absorbing. Barnett explores the dark side of one of humanity’s oldest obsessions—the quest for immortality—and tells a great story about greed, unintended consequences, and ultimately love” – John VanZile, The Legend of Arkatak
“The Apothecary’s Curse has something for every fiction fan – sci-fi, horror, romance, and fantasy – but the story interweaves the genres so deftly that the reader is focused on the story – and what a story it is! Barbara’s gift for credible, era-specific dialogue and detail is wonderful, as is her pacing and the story’s pay-off.” Denise Dorman, WriteBrain Media
Sampling of Speaking Engagements
MENSA's HalloWEEM 2015: "The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes"In October 2015, I was privileged to return to MENSA’s annual convention in Chicago and present to a packed house! My topic: The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes, which traced the cinematic (big and small screens) evolution of Conan Doyle’s famous consulting detective. Here’s my Power Point presentation. Interested in featuring my talk at your next Con or conference?
MENSA's HalloWEEM 2014: "Fear and Wonder - A Subjective History of Science Fiction"From the first telling of the Gilgamesh story to Johannes Kepler’s stories of space exploration, humans have had a fascination with science fiction, sci-fi, SF, or whatever you call it. A lively audience and a packed house listened to my highly subjective history of fiction’s most enduring genre.
From Blogger Mom to Published Author: A Writer's JourneyFrom the first telling of the Gilgamesh story to Johannes Kepler’s stories of space exploration, humans have had a fascination with science fiction, sci-fi, SF, or whatever you call it. A lively audience and a packed house listened to my highly subjective history of fiction’s most enduring genre.