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Questions from Readers About Books and Reading

I get lots of questions from my fans every single day — via email, snail mail, or Facebook post. Or in person — like today, when two people spotted me at a coffee shop in California. The most unexpected example of that came when a whole class of seventh graders from Vermont found me up…

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More of Merlin’s Most Magical Words: Courage and Knowledge

Last week I shared with you the video Merlin’s Guide to a Meaningful Life: The Seven Most Magical Words — and promised that I’d follow up with two of those words. Well, here are the next two videos in the series: Courage and Knowledge. Merlin’s seven magical words, and the one word which empowers them…

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Merlin’s Seven Most Magical Words

Merlin’s Seven Most Magical Words

December 11, 2013 | Under Books, News | Posted by | 6 Comments

I’m excited to share with you my latest video — Merlin’s Guide to a Meaningful Life: The Seven Most Magical Words.  This video is both a preview of an upcoming book… and the start of my video series that explores how Merlin would answer the questions, “What is the meaning of life?” and “If there…

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Why Do I Write Fantasy?

Why Do I Write Fantasy?

November 15, 2013 | Under On Writing | Posted by | 3 Comments

If you imagine where I live in Colorado—beside a willow-draped creek that is home to  wild coyotes, foxes, hawks and owls—you can guess how much inspiration this place gives me.  And in the distance, from the windows of my writing room in our attic, I can see the snowy ridges of Rocky Mountain National Park…

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Atlantis Rising Tour – Festivals, Book Stores, and an Old English Village

Today’s post comes to you from charming Oxford, England where I’m enjoying a rare, clear evening! The last few weeks have been hectic, to say the least, but I’m excited to be back in Oxford and to be a part of the TORCH-Smith School Symposium on humanities and the environment. While I’m here, I also…

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Atlantis Rising Tour Continues!

Atlantis Rising Tour Continues!

October 10, 2013 | Under Books, Events | Posted by | 2 Comments

It has only been six days since my last post…but in that short time I’ve been through 8 cities in 5 states, and I’ve only just begun! My week started in the Pacific Northwest with stops in Seattle and Portland. Then I did a tour of the coast of California starting in San Francisco and…

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Atlantis Rising Book Tour Begins!

Atlantis Rising Book Tour Begins!

October 4, 2013 | Under Books, Events | Posted by | 2 Comments

The weeks leading up to a book release are always a bit hectic. None more so than this year, when in addition to launching a new book in a brand new trilogy – and working on the Merlin movie project – I was also planning and launching a new website and social media strategy. And…

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Part II: How Do You Write Your Stories, T. A. Barron?

(This is part II of a two-part series on how I write. For part I, please click here.) I need to get three elements worked out before I can start a new book: Detailed descriptions of each new character; a big idea that drives the plot, usually in the form of a question or two…

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Announcing Barron Prize Winners for 2013

Nothing is more uplifting than stories about heroic people who have truly made a difference to the world. So I’m thrilled to announce this year’s winners of the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes! The prize honors outstanding leaders between 8 and 18 years old across America who are making a positive difference to other…

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"Atlantis Rising" – Today's the Day!

"Atlantis Rising" – Today's the Day!

September 26, 2013 | Under Books, News | Posted by | No Comments

Today is a very exciting day – the launch of my latest book, Atlantis Rising. Atlantis – a name, a place, and a mystery, all in one. Like you, I’ve always wondered about this mythic isle…and dreamed of boarding a magical sailboat to go there, explore its secrets, and discover what was lost for all…

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