icon caret-left icon caret-right instagram pinterest linkedin facebook twitter goodreads question-circle facebook circle twitter circle linkedin circle instagram circle goodreads circle pinterest circle

The Horse Lover's Blog

Keeping Barney

I'm thinking about Keeping Barney, my first book, and suddenly the one I'm hearing about from fans--young women now, who say it was an influential book for them. It was a long time ago for me, that book. I wrote it during my junior year at Wellesley, while taking a semester off and working in a hotel laundry. Submitted it, got a superbly informative rejection from Ann Tobias, then at Greenwillow; revised it, and it sold about a month before I graduated, in 1981.
It was a young book, a passionate book, and it took me about a decade to figure out what I'd done and how to do something like that again. I wish I'd understood earlier, connected with other writers earlier, had more years actively publishing with the incredible Susan Hirschman. Other than that, no regrets, just a sense of puzzlement that a book by such a very young person could be so important to other young people. It only confirms what I've always suspected; most of the time we have no idea what we're doing. In a good way.
Post a comment