Tales from the Baby Blue Barn

Me and Miss Louise

Welcome to my site! My name is Nancy DeMarco, and I’ve been a writer for two whole years and most of five months now.

I started writing  when my husband was unemployed and money was scarce as sunshine in Lubec. “Don’t worry,” I told him. “I’ll write a book.”

We had a good laugh, and I didn’t admit to being half serious. Okay – more than half. I wanted to avoid the naysayers – the ones who said, “It’s one thing to write a book, but don’t expect to get it published.”

Being a stubborn New Englander with way too much of my mother in me, I set out to prove the naysayers wrong. I wrote 16 hours a day. I looked for places that had open submissions, and I wrote short stories that matched their criteria. I sent them in.  I got very few rejections, and I had a few short stories published, several online and one in a Cup of Comfort book.

I went to writers’ groups, joined an online work-shopping community, learned to take criticism, developed a rhino hide, and became a better writer. I worked hard to become someone who deserved to be published.

And now (drum roll) my novel, Finding Sara, is available on Amazon Kindle. You can buy it here (or not). 🙂 And I’ve completed a second novel, Saving Gracie, which I expect will be available in early 2013.

Finding Sara is traditionally published by Briona Glen Publishing. I never considered the self-publishing route, largely because I don’t have the marketing expertise to be successful. I want to spend as much time writing and as little time selling as I possibly can.

This site will act in part as a website with information on upcoming releases. And I’ll toss up weekly short stories, mostly humorous, as well as occasional excerpts from my novels. Most shorts will talk about life in the little town of Mason, New Hampshire, and many will feature the growing menagerie that lives in my baby blue barn.

The Researching for Crime Fiction tab will have stories of my attempts to make my work more authentic. This seldom turns out as expected.

Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you’ll check back often.

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20 thoughts on “Tales from the Baby Blue Barn

    • Thank you so much, Cathy. The header picture is my backyard at the start of the October 2011 snow storm. We haven’t had snow here since, at least not enough to plow. It sure was pretty what with all that snow and the leaves still on the trees.

  1. I mean, how many people write a book, practically at the very minute they start writing at all . . . and then get it “publisher-published”??? I mean, as opposed to “self-published.”

    Answer to my question: only you among all the writer-people I’ve ever known! Love your picture at the top of this blog—it’s so YOU!

    Now, when will you teach non-tech ME how to blog? (I’d send a picture below, but I don’t know how.)

    P.S. I was hell on wheels back with my selectric.

    Keep goin’, lady!

    Phyl Manning

  2. I like the picture. I have a web site but it only has my resume on it. I am close to retirement, I have some story ideas in writing, a few of them can be made to work. I would like to have your attitude.
    Your comments about writing are encouraging. Thank you

  3. Thank you, Bob! I learned a LOT from an online writers’ group – thenextbigwriter.com. It has its warts, but over all, what a wonderfully supportive and knowledgeable group of folks – can’t thank them enough for getting me up the steep side of the learning curve in record time.

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