Barbara Gregorich Welcomes You!
Welcome to my web site, where you’ll discover some of the ways that a writer works and how a writer thinks: how some stories come to be.
When I was growing up, I yearned to be a baseball player or a writer. I had no thought at all of writing about baseball, and certainly not about women in baseball . . . but that’s how things turned out.
In grade school one of my favorite stories was The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, by some guy named Dr. Seuss, who later invented beginning readers. Did I think that someday Dr. Seuss’s contributions to easy readers would be legendary, or that I would write early readers myself? Of course not. I did know that one day I would write about idioms, which I loved to quote. That longtime desire has come to be with the publication of Waltur Buys a Pig in a Poke and Other Stories, and Waltur Paints Himself into a Corner and Other Stories, my early readers from Houghton Mifflin.
As a teen I started to read adult books: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Pride and Prejudice, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. As an adult I wrote adult fiction and nonfiction before I began to write children’s books. My children’s books show the influence of the Ohio fields and forests where I grew up; my adult books show the influence of Chicago, where I’ve lived most of my life. Writing for both children and adults is like climbing a spiral, where paths circle around to their beginnings, but never on the same level as before.
Readers, regardless of their age, enter the book through its words and get swept away by its story. When you love a book, its characters live with you forever. I hope that some of my writing may live with you. Thank you for visiting.