dogsmerryxmasdogsBarbara Abercrombie has published novels, children’s picture books, including the award winning Charlie Anderson, and books of non-fiction. Her personal essays have appeared in national publications as well as in many anthologies. Her most recent books are  A Year of Writing Dangerously, published by New World Library and chosen by Poets & Writers Magazine as one of the best books for writers. ( and her fifteenth book, Kicking In The Wall was published by NWL  in 2013.

Barbara has received the Outstanding Instructor award and the Distinguished Instructor Award at UCLA Extension where she teaches creative writing. She also conducts private writing retreats in Lake Arrowhead and writes a weekly writing blog WritingTime.

She lives in Santa Monica and Lake Arrowhead, California.

(Photo above: Nelson on the far right with other family dogs.)

(Photo below taken by Robert V. Adams in Twin Bridges, Montana)

  8 comments for “BIO

  1. jan schulman
    April 11, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    i love the picture of nelson; i also have two rescue dogs who are very cherished (only by us, everyone else hates them! well, not hates, but merely tolerates… smiles…). i will be at your writing workshop (for the YWCA) at the end of this month and look forward to learning much from you.

  2. Jen Greer
    November 28, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Hello There! My name is Jen Greer and I am a second grade teacher in Maine.
    My students and I were discussing that when readers read they sometimes ask quick question and sometimes they ask deep questions to better understand a story. We discussed how quick questions are answered within the text and deep questions can sometime not be answered in the text and you have to answer them on your own.
    We had a deep question that we were hoping you could answer for us. My students want to know if you had a cat named Charlie Anderson? Or if you wrote the story Charlie Anderson based on an experience with a cat that was similar to Charlie Anderson’s.
    We would love to know the answer!
    Looking forward to your response!

  3. Debra Tiene
    February 15, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Dear Mrs. Abercrombie,
    My students and I have recently read your story called “Charlie Anderson” and they think it is really cool. We are wondering if this was based on a true story? Please write to us and let us know. Thank you.
    Mrs. Tiene
    Yantacaw School
    Nutley, NJ

    • admin
      February 23, 2012 at 5:04 pm

      Hi Debra Tiene –
      Thanks for your email. Lovely to hear that your students like Charlie Anderson – Yes, it is based on a true story. My parents had a cat named Charlie who turned out to have another family.
      All best to you and your students – Barbara

  4. March 27, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Well, here it is. I recalled the children’s book prize, but, you know, there ARE many people who have written only ONE book. Do you have a list of them handy ?

    And your oral bio fellow’s name ?

    It was truly great to see you and find out so much !!!!


  5. Diane Doyle
    April 22, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Hello Barbara,
    We’re so glad we stopped by the cafe in Cedar Glen for lunch today. Nelson is one lucky doggie, such a cutie!
    I’m having fun reading your blog. Maybe we can meet for lunch or coffee sometime when we are both in the mountains?

  6. Wanangwa
    June 22, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Hi! Do you know what kind of dog Nelson is? I know you said he’s a rescue so you may not know, but I read Bad Dog, Dodger, and he looks like he should be kin to my Border Collie! Love your story! Thanks, Wanangwa

    • admin
      June 22, 2012 at 3:00 pm

      Thank you for writing, Wanangwa – I’m not sure – but it’s a real mix! Glad you liked Bad Dog Dodger – yes I think he is a Border Collie. All best, Barbara

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