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Barbara Delinsky

Barbara Delinsky
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Barbara Delinsky | How To Write About The Great Unknown
January 8, 2010
Write about what you know. Itís a basic rule of thumb. What we know, we understand, and what we understand, we can better convey  Read More...

Barbara Delinsky | Writer + Businesswoman = SUCCESS!!!
April 17, 2009
Bet you think Iím here as a writer.† Well, youíre part right.† Iím also here as a businesswoman, because thatís what  Read More...

From her website:

Personal bios are really hard to write for those of us who make a living dramatizing bios for pretend people. Anything I write about me feels totally boring. But it is what it is. So here goes.

I was born and raised in suburban Boston. My mother's death, when I was eight, was the defining event of a childhood that was otherwise ordinary. I took piano lessons and flute lessons. I took ballroom dancing lessons. I went to summer camp through my fifteenth year (in Maine, which explains the setting of so many of my stories), then spent my sixteenth summer learning to type and to drive (two skills that have served me better than all of my other high school courses combined). I earned a B.A. in Psychology at Tufts University and an M.A. in Sociology at Boston College. The motivation behind the M.A. was sheer greed. My husband was just starting law school. We needed the money.

Oh. Oh. Back up. You'll love this. When I was in high school, I was kicked out of Honors English because I couldn't keep up! No, I never did go back to gloat. The truth is that though I came from a family of lawyers and never dreamed of publishing books, I did learn the basics of writing in high school, and, yeah, that skill has come in handy, too.

Following graduate school, I worked as a researcher with the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, and as a photographer and reporter for the Belmont Herald. I did the newspaper work after my first son was born. Since I was heavily into taking pictures of him, I worked for the paper to support that habit. Initially, I wrote only in a secondary capacity, to provide copy for the pictures I took. In time, I realized that I was better at writing than photography. I used both skills doing volunteer work for hospital groups, and have served on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center and on the MGH's Women's Cancer Advisory Board.

I became an actual writer by fluke. My twins were four when, by chance, I happened on a newspaper article profiling three female writers. Intrigued, I spent three months researching, plotting, and writing my own book - and it sold.

My niche? I write about the emotional crises that we face in our lives. Readers identify with my characters. They know them. They are them. I'm an everyday woman writing about everyday people facing not-so-everyday challenges.

My novels are character-driven studies of marriage, parenthood, sibling rivalry, and friendship, and I've been blessed in having readers who buy them eagerly enough to put them on the major bestseller lists. My newest hardcover, While My Sister Sleeps, is out in February 2009. Iím working on another manuscript for 2010.

2010? Yikes. I didn't think I'd live that long. I thought I'd die of breast cancer back in the twentieth century, like my mom. But I didn't. I was diagnosed twelve years ago, had surgery and treatment, and here I am, stronger than ever and loving having authored yet another book, this one the non-fiction Uplift: Secrets From the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer Survivors. First published in 2001, Uplift is a handbook of practical tips and upbeat anecdotes that I compiled with the help of 350 breast cancer survivors, their families and friends. These survivors just ... blew me away! They gave me the book that I wish I'd had way back when I was diagnosed. There is no medical information here, nothing frightening, simply practical advice from friends who've had breast cancer. The 5th Anniversary Volume of Uplift is now in print. And the money I've made on the book? Every cent has gone to my charitable foundation, which funds an ongoing research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. Wow. Does it get any better than that?

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Interview with Barbara Delinsky February 1, 2008


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Series

Books:

Before and Again, July 2018
Hardcover
Blueprints, June 2015
Hardcover
Sweet Salt Air, June 2013
Hardcover
Love Songs, February 2013
Paperback
Warm Hearts, October 2012
Paperback
Destiny, September 2012
Paperback
Not My Daughter, January 2010
Hardcover
Bronze Mystique, September 2009
Mass Market Paperback
Dream Man: The Dream Comes True\montana Man, August 2009
Mass Market Paperback
Shades Of Grace, April 2009
Paperback (reprint)
Heart Of The Night, April 2009
Mass Market Paperback (reprint)
Commitments, April 2009
Mass Market Paperback (reprint)
While My Sister Sleeps, February 2009
Hardcover
Trust: The Real Thing / Secret of the Stone, September 2008
Mass Market Paperback (reprint)
Facets, July 2008
Mass Market Paperback (reprint)
The Secret Between Us, January 2008
Hardcover
The Summer I Dared, June 2007
Mass Market Paperback (reprint)
More Than Friends, April 2007
Mass Market Paperback
Family Tree, February 2007
Hardcover
Looking for Peyton Place, June 2006
Paperback (reprint)
More Than Friends, January 2006
Hardcover (reprint)
Twelve Across, January 2006
Paperback (reprint)
First, Best and Only, January 2006
Paperback (reprint)
The Outsider, January 2006
Paperback (reprint)
T.L.C., January 2006
Paperback (reprint)
The Summer I Dared, May 2004
Hardcover
Flirting with Pete, April 2004
Mass Market Paperback
An Accidental Woman, July 2003
Mass Market Paperback (reprint)
Uplift, May 2003
Paperback (reprint)

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