Barbie-Jo is a natural story-teller and author of 5 books. An award winning writer and poet, selections of her work appear in 21 anthologies from Canada and the United States. Some of her writing genres include, story poems, humorous short stories and, most recently, a cookbook. Barbie-Jo keeps her boots parked close to the door because this country gal loves to travel, camp and fish with her husband.
A Country Gal in the City is a compilation of short stories and poems, all based on real life experiences. The title refers to her love of the many rural places where she has lived, but also her loving connection to big cities, where she has also made her home. As she writes on her book cover, the dichotomy between country and city illustrates the contrasts in her life, indeed all of our lives. It is about these contrasts that she writes with great sensitivity and witty humour. Whether she is wearing high heel shoes or manure caked boots, she invites you, the reader, to come along with her on a wonderful reading journey.
Things Were Going Fine... Till We Hit the Rapids is a collection of short stories and embedded poems, based on real life experiences. The title has a double meaning, because we can literally hit the rapids on a boat ride down a river and we can figuratively hit the rapids on our journey down the river of life. The author writes with both sensitivity and hilarity, sharing stories from her life and introducing characters who whose antics and experiences will have you laughing out loud.
In Echoes of a Country Heart, Barbie-Jo paints exquisite pictures with her words, leaving the reader wanting to step into her story poems and experience them first hand. From “I’ll Put the Coffee on Pappy” to “Down in the Pasture”, “Harvest”, “Varmint Trap” and "The Land That I Call Home” your soul will be touched and, like a coming thunder storm, memories will roll across the landscape of your mind and echo in your heart.
Everything Let Loose at Once is a companion book to Things Were Going Fine … Till We Hit the Rapids. Barbie-Jo entertains you with her everyday cast of characters as they set out with good intentions and end up in calamities, turning their experiences into hilarious misadventure. “Dancing With My Man” could easily be the lyrics to a country song and “Morning Mix-Up” is like an episode from a sitcom. Her stories about real-life occurrences have you breathless with laughter.
Another Piece of Pie Please is a cookbook with a difference. Originally meant to be a notebook for her grandchildren, Barbie-Jo expanded it to share with her readers. While the book features pies of all varieties, it is also sprinkled with hilarious commentary and personal anecdotes. Not only is it an interesting and useful cookbook, it’s an entertaining read. From sweet pies that will make our teeth ache to hearty supper pies and pizza, this book will put a smile on your face as you create your next pie adventure.