"Wrestling with God" book with Barbara Falconer Newhall

Wrestling with God: Stories of Doubt and Faith

"Any seeker of any faith will be blessed to read the words of this fine author and observer."

Publishers Weekly, starred review

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The Writing Room

I’m a writer who loves to talk about writing, so if you’re a writer or an aspiring writer I hope you'll stop by now and then and keep me company . . . You’ll find writing tips here as well as my thoughts on the writing life. Watch out, though. The Grammar Geek will be putting in her two cents from time to time.

Meet Me in Minneapolis — At the Twin Cities Book Festival

A man with a backpack looks for books at the Bay Area Book Festival. Unllke the Twin Cities Book Festival, the BA festival was held outdoors. Photo by Barbara Newhall

A browser at the Bay Area Book Festival in June. The Twin Cities Book Festival is coming up on Saturday at the Minneapolis State Fair. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Meet me in Minneapolis this Saturday. I’ll be at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds participating in the Twin Cities Book Festival. You’ll find me at an author’s table in the Progress Center giving away free copies of “Wrestling with God” to [Read more…]


Book Contests — My Big Starter List for Authors

Book Contests. IPPY winner Veda Stamps ("Flexible Wings," IMO Books), barbara Newhall ("Wrestling with God"), Laura A. Ackley ("San Francisco's Jewel City," Heyday), Aleta George ("Ina CoolBrith," Shifting Plates Press) at IPPY awards 2016. Photo by Jon Newhall

Book Contests. California IPPY winners met at a ceremony in Chicago: Veda Stamps (“Flexible Wings”), Barbara Falconer Newhall (“Wrestling with God”), Laura A. Ackley (“San Francisco’s Jewel City”), Aleta George (“Ina Coolbrith”). Photo by Jon Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Want to win some book contests? If you’re famous and your book is hitting the best-seller lists and it has the support of one of the Big Five publishers, you probably don’t have to lift a finger. But if you are among the legions of self-published authors and authors published by small, independent presses — you’ll need a list of book contests so you can get cracking. Contest deadlines for books published in 2016  [Read more…]


Kirkus Reviews ‘Wrestling with God’ This Month

Kirkus reviews Wrestling with God. Cover of the Sept. 1, 2016, Kirkus Review, which contains a review of "Wrestling with God" by Barbara Falconer Newhall

The Sept. 1 issue, in which Kirkus reviews Wrestling with God.

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

The reviews are in, and the critics are saying nice things about “Wrestling with God.” There’s that starred review in Publishers Weekly that I told you about last year. It described WWG as “a wild and wonderful ride.”

More kind words have trickled in since. I’m especially proud of [Read more…]


Brooke Warner: Getting Published Is Easier Than Ever. Getting Discovered, Not So Much

A stack of books on getting published in the library of author Barbara Falconer Newhall. Photo by Barbara Newhall

A new book by Brooke Warner will join this stack of how-to-get published books bristling with sticky notes. (If this image is a little soft, it’s because my trusty point-and-shoot is in the shop.) Photocopy by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall — Until I met Brooke Warner, I thought I’d never need to read another how-to-get-published book. I’ve got a whole shelf of them in my writing room, marked up in pencil and ink and bristling with [Read more…]


My Goodreads Book Giveaway Starts Tomorrow

Goodreads book giveaway. Easy chair and bookcases at Book Passage bookstore, Corte Madera. Photo by Barbara Newhall

A book giveaway coming up. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Tell your friends — if they don’t already have their very own copy of “Wrestling with God,” there will be a one-week book giveaway starting June 24 on Goodreads.

I’m giving away five copies of my book in honor of the awards that WWG has received — a first prize gold IPPY in the Religion Eastern-Western category [Read more…]