More About the Author
From an early age, Barbara Gregorich determined to be either a baseball player or a writer. She never thought her either-or belief would lead her to write She's on First, a novel about the first woman to play in the major leagues. Nor did she think that from fiction she would migrate to fact and write the award-winning Women at Play: The Story of Women in Baseball.
Even though she loved detective fiction from an early age, Barbara never aspired to be a private eye. Instead, she wrote Dirty Proof and Sound Proof, novels featuring Chicago private eye Frank Dragovic. Sound Proof takes place at a folk music festival full of theft, blackmail, and murder, and has received many five-star reviews on Amazon. Readers particularly enjoy the setting (as well as the mystery), and Barbara, whose husband plays the hammered dulcimer, enjoyed attending music festivals while plotting the novel.
Barbara feels at home writing both fiction and nonfiction, just as she feels at at ease writing for children as well as for adults. She is the author of Waltur Buys a Pig in a Poke and Waltur Paints Himself into a Corner, two early readers featuring Waltur, a bear who learns folk wisdom as expressed in idioms and proverbs -- but only after humorous results.
Lately Barbara has begun writing in free verse and other poetic forms. Jack and Larry: Jack Graney and Larry, the Cleveland Baseball Dog, is a nonfiction story for ages 10 - Adult. Told in free verse, the story shows the love between major leaguer Jack Graney and his bull terrier, Larry, and how the two worked to build a team that could win the pennant.
Crossing the Skyway is Barbara's first book of poetry. The collection of accessible poems contains both serious and humorous takes on a variety of subjects.
When Barbara isn't writing, she is either watching baseball games, weaving baskets, or living the life of a roadie, helping her husband, Phil Passen, travel to various gigs.
Visit Barbara Gregorich's Facebook page, where she posts about different writing- or book-related topics each month.