About Barbara Norton ...
Writing is a passion I've been able to indulge since I retired from a career in advertising and teaching a few years ago. I have worked as a creative manager, editor, copywriter, and as an adjunct professor teaching public speaking and communications. I'm an accomplished speaker and speaking coach, and a news and political "junkie." Many of my editorial cartoons have been published in regional newspapers.
I was sure I would write nonfiction books and articles when I retired, but then I took a fiction writing and critique course at our local university's lifelong learning center and received lots of encouragement to continue writing fiction. I read every book I could find about the craft of writing novels and gobbled up books by favorite authors like Brad Meltzer (The Inner Circle, The Fifth Assassin, The President's Shadow and many others), Linda Fairstein(Terminal City, Death Dance, Killer Look), former First Daughter Margaret Truman (who co-wrote her Monuments mystery series with Don Bain, author of the Murder She Wrote TV series) John Grisham, Lee Child and many others.
One of the best parts of this second career is getting to know the people I've met among my local writing community here in Delaware. I've also attended "community reads" by authors like Garth Stein (The Art of Racing in the Rain) and Mathew "Q" Quinn (Silver Lining Playbook), and attended workshops at the annual Thriller Writer's Conference in New York City (called Thrillerfest).
Although Breaking News is set in Washington, D.C. and New York City, Delawareans should look for some fireworks on our very own Rehoboth Beach in Sussex County, Delaware.