Word Weaver Winner’s Profiles: Honorable Mention Winner Barbara Anne Helberg

danThe winners of July’s Word Weaver Writing Contest share their thoughts on the contest, writing in general, and other stuff.

One of our Honorable Mention winners in the contest, Barbara Anne Helberg, jostles an amazing 20 blogs! (I still don’t know how she does that. I can barely keep up with one.)
Barbara is an interesting character and writes interesting characters, as you’ll see.
You can read Barbara’s winning story, HERE

Here’s Barbara


The piece I wrote for Dan Alatorre’s July Word Weaver Writing Contest is the first chapter of my novelette titled “Interlock,”

which I wrote as part of my Novels In A Nutshell series begun in 1995. After a successful run producing children’s stories in “Connections” in the 1980s, I decided to pursue self-publishing for my own works, and thus BAT Publishing was born to do so. BAT is my mail order publishing alternative and advocate for self-publishing at
http://www.batpublishingstories.wordpress.com .

I was born in 1946 and grew up in small town America, Holgate, Ohio, to be exact. Holgate is also the birthplace of the famous Hollywood comedian Joe E. Brown. See
http://www.joeeandme.wordpress.com .

“It was always my desire to write, from the first time I held a pencil and paper in my hands.”

– Barbara Anne Helberg

Lead in the blood is probably not a good way to describe my inborn wordsmith desire in this day and age, but it always has seemed to explain my joy of writing, a gift for me to explore.

Along the way, I did two different stints on area newspapers as a writer/photo journalist, and completed four different writing courses including “Fiction Writing” at the Famous Writers School in Westport, Connecticut.

I can write anywhere, and have, even now in my senior years. Words come easy, yet commercial publication isn’t my biggest goal;

what is a gift without the joy?

I love everything about the writing process

yes, editing, too! Blank pages don’t faze me; they’re filled in no time. Find out more at
http://www.storypromptsdeluxe.wordpress.com .

It’s difficult to tell others about a gift that gives back; writing gives me purpose and life and joy. I’d rather write than go back to the times in the barn hayloft when I could beat my brothers (with my Dad) at two on two basketball. Well… Maybe those two things come out as even in joyfulness!

I seek no bookshelves, nor look backward, nor crave for recognition beyond what I achieve in my own writing being. On WordPress,

I share my stories, thoughts, articles, and writing life for whatever spark it may give to others as I merrily go on my writing way.

An occasional writing contest may be an opportunity to do the same thing. Although I’ve done article writing on many other (and some former) Internet sites, WordPress gives me the platform to enjoy my writing and to learn from and to share with other writers of varied backgrounds. Joyful!

“Interlock” came about after I’d read Stephen King’s book, “Misery”. His scary story about a writer’s “best” fan and the consequences of their forced relationship

got me wondering if I could write something that scary

in an everyday-type setting. King used two lonely individuals to create a tremendous conflict. “Interlock” is the result of my challenging myself to try to achieve that type of scary ordeal. I believe it came away as one of my special pieces, and I consider it second best in my NIAN series. And, although a scary tangled web it weaved, which is not my first writing passion, it was fun to write!

I’m a sports nut and an animal lover. Several of my NIANs involve those two worlds, as do the following blogs:

All families have “stuff”, too. Creating characters and their extended lives and wrapping them around things I know and have experienced, while learning new tricks, as well, is an exciting challenge and always a good day’s romp.

More of my writing life continues at my Primary WordPress blog,
http://www.mywritinglifexposed.wordpress.com ,
and at the other 19 blogs I produce, including my Second Primary WordPress blog, http://www.horsesandanimalsaretalkin.wordpress.com .
http://www.nearthefinishline.wordpress.com ,
I write composite articles that allow me to link to others’ blogs, as well as to my own. (P.S., I don’t write on all 20 blogs every month!)

But writing, on and on, through and through… It’s the only way of life for me! And I’m eight happy years retired from my day job!


Gang, join me in thanking Barbara for her insights into her writerly world, and check out her twenty blogs!

Published by Dan Alatorre AUTHOR

International bestselling author Dan Alatorre has 17 titles published in over a dozen languages. From Romance in Poggibonsi to action and adventure in the sci-fi thriller The Navigators, to comedies like Night Of The Colonoscopy: A Horror Story (Sort Of) and the heartwarming and humorous anecdotes about parenting in the popular Savvy Stories series, his knack for surprising audiences and making you laugh or cry - or hang onto the edge of your seat - has been enjoyed by audiences around the world. And you are guaranteed to get a page turner every time. “That’s my style,” Dan says. “Grab you on page one and then send you on a roller coaster ride, regardless of the story or genre.” Readers agree, making his string of #1 bestsellers popular across the globe. He will make you chuckle or shed tears, sometimes on the same page. His novels always contain twists and turns, and his nonfiction will stay in your heart forever. Dan resides in the Tampa area with his wife and daughter. You can find him blogging away almost every day on www.DanAlatorre or watch his hilarious YouTube show every week Writers Off Task With Friends. Dan’s marketing book 25 eBook Marketing Tips You Wish You Knew has been a valuable tool for new authors (it’s free if you subscribe to his newsletter) and his dedication to helping other authors is evident in his helpful blog.

9 thoughts on “Word Weaver Winner’s Profiles: Honorable Mention Winner Barbara Anne Helberg

  1. Thank you, Dan, for the opportunity to further share my writing joys, and to work with you on these recent projects — July Word Weaver Writing Contest and the coming scary anthology, “The Box Under the Bed” !!

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