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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

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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Atlantis Rising Tour Wrap Up

My Atlantis Rising book tour has come to an end. From Seattle to New York, with 22 events (not including my trip across the pond to Oxford!) in almost as many cities it has been a wild adventure indeed! But I have had so much fun meeting all of you, hearing your stories and, of…

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Why Do I Write Fantasy?

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 – Colorado’s Front Range and the East Coast

What a wonderful time this book tour has been! I’ve met a lot of lovely families and educators and visited some great bookstores with passionate readers. But truly, there’s no place like home! This week I have a few events in Colorado at locations that are near and dear to my heart – the Boulder…

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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!

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!

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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