to my web site! I’m so glad you dropped by
for a visit. I hope you’ll take a few minutes and look around.
Since the last time that I updated my site, a lot has happened.
find lots of info about my “Charlotte
LaRue Squeaky Clean” mysteries, and even some cleaning
hints from Charlotte
herself, plus a section that contains a few of Charlotte’s
and my favorite
recipes. Oh, and one more thing. I really enjoy reading comments
that my visitors make, so please take a moment to sign
my guest book.
I should tell you a little about myself. I am a native of Louisiana.
Yes, born and bred there. I grew up in the North Louisiana
town of Minden where I worked on my high school newspaper staff,
and later, on the staff of the Minden Press and Herald. At
that time though, I never really dreamed of becoming a writer.
high school, I attended Louisiana
Tech University as a music
education major, and later I also attended Nicholls University.
My dream then was becoming a band director. Instead, I fell
in love with my husband, David, and I'm still in love with
him even after forty-one years of marriage, three grown children
and six precious grandchildren. But I digress.
long after we married, my husband and I moved to a small suburb of New
What a change for both of us. Most
people don't realize that there's a vast difference
in the cultures of North Louisiana
and South Louisiana. Both are unique and have their advantages
and disadvantages. But New Orleans is a world
of its own. I truly love living near the Big Easy. With its
and Spanish influence, it's such a unique and interesting city.
I love strolling through the historic French
stopping in at Café Du Monde for Café au Lait
and Beignets. Then there’s the Garden
District with its
streetcars, its enormous historical mansions, and its huge
oak trees that drape across St. Charles Avenue like a green
canopy. New Orleans is nearly 300 years old, but each time
I visit, I find something new and fascinating. Though a hurricane
named Katrina changed it in many ways, the Crescent City survived
and is still just as fascinating as ever.
how did I get started writing? A lot of people ask me that
question, and the answer is both simple and complex. Simply,
I was trying to be a good, conscientious mother. More complex,
I've always loved to read, and according to my mother, I've
always possessed a healthy dose of imagination as well as the
belief that I could do anything I wanted to do if I set my
mind to it.
my oldest daughter was a young teenager, Harlequin
Presents began arriving through the mail. Without my knowledge, my daughter
had subscribed, and I decided I should read a few to make sure
they were suitable for someone her age. I deemed that they
were suitable, but a funny thing happened. The more I read,
the more I wanted to read. Then I came to a point when I began
to believe that I could write "one of those."
I could write a book was half the battle. Actually writing
one and getting published was the other half. Well, I did write
one, then I wrote another one, then another, and I'm still
writing twenty years later. But even better, I'm published
and get to share my stories with thousands of wonderful readers
all over the world, including seventeen foreign countries as
well as the United States.
reading and writing mystery and romantic suspense novels, there
are other fun things I enjoy too. I love meeting and talking
to my readers at booksignings. In
the past couple of years, I’ve become a big fan of LSU
football (geaux tigers!) and the New Orleans Saints (geaux
Saints!). I also love shopping at the malls , and I enjoy watching
and playing tennis. Sailing is fun too, but it’s not
often I have the time or opportunity to do that any more. The
most fun thing of all though, is playing with my sweet grandchildren.
So far I have six: three boys and three girls, all ranging
in ages from four to fourteen.
again, thank you for taking the time to visit my web site.
I hope you’ll come back often. May God bless you, and
remember, "Keep it Clean!"
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Wednesday, October 13
Friends of the Lafayette public Library Author's Dinner
The Petroleum Club
Saturday, October 23
Greater New Orleans Catholic Librarians Association fall 2010 conference
St. Benilde Elementary
1801 Division Street
Metairie, Louisiana 70001.
Saturday, October 23
Southern Louisiana Romance Writers 25th anniversary luncheon
Saturday, October 30
Writers Guild of Acadiana, The Inaugural Acadiana Book Festival
An all-day event and featuring all kinds of authors, talks and panels
Cite des Arts, downtown Lafayette.
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Heart of Louisiana's Annual Romance Readers Luncheon
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
4728 Constitution Avenue
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70808
is available to
speak at workshops, seminars and conferences as
time and schedule permit. Bookings can be made up
to six months in advance. Topics include most subjects
connected to writing
a mystery series or writing a romantic suspense novel.
popular three-hour mystery workshop is titled: Writing .
. . It's a Mystery.
schedule a speaking engagement, contact
July 15, 2011
Barbara is pleased to announce that one of her all-time, best- selling romantic suspense novels, That Old Devil Moon, written under her Anne Logan pseudonym has been released by Harlequin Treasury as an ebook.
A Message from Charlotte LaRue
Many of you have been asking Barbara about my "next" book. Well, Barbara and I finally have an answer for you. Regrettable and sadly, there won't be a "next" Charlotte LaRue mystery. But, that doesn't mean that Barbara has quit writing. It just simply means that she won't be writing about me any longer.
Actually, Barbara has several ideas on the back burner, so-to-speak, but writing and actually selling a book takes time. So, for me, please be patient with her.
Also,just so that you know, as in all good fiction books, Louis and I do live happily, together, ever after. From the bottom of my heart (and Barbara's heart), we both thank each and every one of you for being such loyal fans.
As always, "Keep it Clean!"
Barbara will keep you updated on her progress, so stay tuned...
Barbara is thrilled to announce that, with the exception of POLISHED OFF, all of the books in her Charlotte LaRue mystery series are now available in e-book form for the Amazon Kindle and the Barnes and Noble Nook.
A Great Review for Barbara's Dusted to Death from Mystery Scene Magazine
- Barbara's upcoming book, DUSTED TO DEATH, has been selected to be a Featured Alternate in the Mystery Guild's January cycle.
February 2008: "Luling
author's house-cleaning crime-solver tidies up New Orleans."
Read the Times-Picayune article about Barbara and Charlotte!
July 2007: Read
an interview with Barbara, recently
posted at Louisiana Tech, and find out who she'd most like to
share her café au
lait and beignet!
Colley was honored:
PASIC Book of Your Heart Contest
Winner in the Mainstream Category
one of the "Leading Business
Woman of the Week" in the metro New Orleans area during
March, 2005. If your computer will play MP3 files, click
here to listen to the radio ad.
... and writing as Anne Logan:
- 1996 Distinguished Artist
(in honor of outstanding contributions to the literary arts in Louisiana)
- 1992 Oklahoma RWA National Reader's Choice Award
- 1992 RWA PAN ARTemis