August 31, 2020
Barbara Ellin Fox
Fiction by Barbara Ellin Fox
What I write:
I write clean contemporary romance with a dose of suspense and adventure. I love to develop strong heroines who have overcome difficulties in life and who meet dream worthy heroes. And of course, an equestrian setting is my favorite.
With self-publishing so popular, authors today have many options, and each person must choose their own way to publication. I have my heart set on traditional publishing and am willing to take the time to hone the skills to move in this direction. I like the idea of a publishing house structure and the accompanying accountability.
How did I get started?
I’ve been a writer from the beginning and assumed it was the normal for everyone to write about the things they loved. Boy, did I love horses. There are no other horse lovers in my family, or even in my family tree, and when I was a child, I was forbidden to discuss horses at the dinner table. My teachers in school suggested more than once that I find another topic to write about. Later, when I began teaching riding and training horses professionally, it was natural for me to write newsletters for clubs, lesson plans, and articles for horse publications. My first newspaper articles were printed in the Mo-Kan Horseman in 1969. Thirty years later, writing for websites and blogging poured out of my fingertips when combined with my other love, teaching.
When I first focused on writing fiction, I had no idea how much there was to learn. Writing moved from conversing with people about topics we love, to conflict and tension, goals and motivation, tropes and themes. And a million other things.
People are a huge part of a writer’s progress. Critique groups, contest judges, associations, courses, other authors are vital to a writer's life. Every step I've taken, whether following a blog, entering a contest or joining an association, was connected to another person. Writers are an amazing group of individuals who invest in one another.
My first steps were to join ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) and find critique partners. I entered contests for the feed-back from judges. I took courses and read books about writing. Then I became involved in my local writers’ group. I joined RWA (Romance Writer’s of America) and the online FHL chapter, and began attending conferences. All of that was just the beginning. There is much more to learn. It’s a process that never ends.
In 2019 Linda S. Glaz of Hartline Literary Agency became my agent and I’m thrilled to work with her.
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