Writer, publisher, slave of cats: Barbara Friend Ish is Publisher, Editor-in-Chief, and Wild-Eyed Visionary for Mercury Retrograde Press. Books edited by Barbara have been featured in Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Locus Magazine, and a variety of print and electronic outlets worldwide. She has been featured in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Library Journal and on a variety of electronic venues, and has appeared at the Library of Congress, book shows, and SF/F conventions across the southeast, mid-Atlantic, and mountain states.
Barbara's debut novel, The Shadow of the Sun, was released in 2011 to reviews in Publishers Weekly and Library Journal and was a finalist for the 2012 Compton Crook Award. The Heart of Darkness, the sequel to The Shadow of the Sun, is scheduled for release in June 2013.
For the past 24 years Barbara has been married to her one true love, one of the very first Cold-War-era Soviet émigrés. Together they have ridden the roller coasters of multiple start-up businesses (his and hers) and the raising of two children. Current projects include a garden entirely bereft of nutritional value, a competition to determine who is a bigger geek, and a search for the perfect bottle of champagne.
Born in Chicago, at various times in her life Barbara has called Philadelphia, Houston, New Jersey, and Atlanta home. She currently lives in a place called Lost Forest, in a house that is bigger on the inside than the outside, with her husband, her daughter, and two high-maintenance cats.
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