Frequently asked questions
Where can I get your books?
From me, personally, of course. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll arrange delivery. I have credit card processing ability through Square. My business is not big enough yet to sustain an online store at this website.
Do you belong to any writers' groups?
Yes, I belong to the Chattanooga Writers Guild and highly recommend these great folks. I also helped start a critique group for serious writers in Northwest Georgia (right over the line from Chattanooga, of course) but my professional life took me away from it until recently, and I'm returning to the group after a hiatus. I really advise any serious writer to join a critique group--not because everything they say is right, but because they do say something. No writer should submit to a publisher or self-publish without getting lots and lots of beta readers first.
Do you blog about writing?
Yes, at partsofspeaking.blogspot.com. Use the archives and search engine to find my writing posts. I also blog about everything else there--politics, theology and practice, dogs, literature, film. I blog on higher education and college teaching and learning, my research area, at https://highereducationobservers.blogspot.com (formerly The Christian College Instructor).
Why don't you have an online store?
Because it would cost me about $120 or more a year over what I'm paying now for this site! If business takes off, I promise to add it.
Who exactly is Barbara G. Tucker?
OK, I added this just to get into the personal stuff. I didn't want to splatter my picture and information all over the front page of this new website; I wanted to emphasize the books and blog. I am Professor of Communication at a public state college in Northwestern Georgia. That should be easy enough to find. I like to keep my writing life separate from the academic life. In this day of microagressions, one can never tell when a student would feel aggressed against by something I write innocently.
When do you find time to write?
Good question. You have to give up something to write. TV, movies, Internet surfing, big parts of your social existence, a little bit of your privacy, a lot of your sanity. It's lonely lonely work. Your best friends won't even read your work sometimes. You have to do it because you love it. You also have to work hard at it and let other people honestly critique you. You have to kill the little darlings and be realistic. You have to proofread your book three to five times, and there will still be errors. Is it worth it? I don't know; I just can't help it.