Barbara Butler McCoy


Born and bred in the Midwestern US, Ohio to be precise, I have shaped my life around storytelling. When I realized that all those lessons about sentences and punctuation and paragraphs provided the building blocks of the stories I devoured, I was hooked. My degree in News-Editorial Journalism (Marquette University 1981) fueled my passion for story and guided me in sharpening my skills. Having moved about the country as my husband and I raised our family, nurturing that love of story through all those years, I am more than ready to focus fully on storytelling. With more than half a century of relationships, experiences, passions and interests in my 'toolbox,' I see interesting promises ahead.

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
The first step is to just get out of my own way. I empty my mind of an agenda and just let myself notice what ideas present themselves. In time strands of thought begin to emerge and then to weave themselves into patterns with other strands. In time something sparks the inspiration to research for the material to flesh out this web of ideas. Often the research sets another process of observation and weaving into motion.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I recall the first story that has had a lasting impact on me. It was, I think, "The House that Gilda Drew," and came from the Scholastic Book catalog we received monthly in elementary school. Gilda's family was rather nomadic and she dreamed of a house for her family. She dreamed it and she drew it. One day her family moved into the house she had drawn. This was about the same time I became aware of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" so that theme of believing in your dream really took hold for me.
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Where to find Barbara Butler McCoy online


Watermark in the Heart
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 2,020. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
"Watermark in the Heart" is a slim volume of poetry marking Barbara Butler McCoy's debut. It offers hurricane season as a metaphor for the process by which human consciousness explores life and comes to an understanding of itself in the wake of those moments and events that shake and shatter the soul, and alter the personal, natural and universal landscape.

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