Monday, March 3, 2014



Now available exclusively on Kindle.

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This collection of widely-produced and award-winning scripts includes twelve plays featuring roles written specifically for teen actors. Titles include the one-act plays Baby in the Basement, Boxcar, Defenseless, It's a Pleasure to Be Sad, Johnny Ramirez Really Wants to Kiss Me, No Boys Allowed, Number 76, Punch Bowl, Stay, and That Bitch Brenda Stole My Lip Gloss (and I Want it Back). This edition also includes the complete scripts of the full-length plays A Darling Among the Maidens and Frozen Stars.

Sunday, February 23, 2014


I'm very excited to share the cover of my upcoming novel Fascination,
available on September 30th.
It's a wild, glamorous tale of theatricality and obsession.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014


My new novel Stronger Than This is being released to the world today. The book is now available in paperback and eBook editions from all major and some indie booksellers. You may also order a copy directly from my publisher, Bold Strokes Books. If you would like to receive a review copy of the novel, please send your request to

I know that most, if not all of you who are reading this, are inundated with new projects from creative friends. It's not my intention to add to the many messages sent your way. However, I am very proud of the quality of this particular novel and the message of hope it carries.

The novel is written in epistolary form, comprised of text messages, memos, online chats, letters, and interviews. It was by far the most challenging writing project I have taken on, but the most rewarding. This is also my first novel to feature a lesbian protagonist. Growing up with two moms, many of the first novels I read were women's fiction, including most of Rita Mae Brown's titles. In many ways, this is a tribute to those books I read as a young person searching for representation and understanding on the page.

Like many of you, I have lost people I have loved. Some deaths were accidental, others were due to illness, and some were self-induced. I wrote this novel from a place of missing people who are no longer here, of trying to understand and process the "why". It's my hope as an author that this novel connects with (and offers some comfort to) anyone who is still trying to come to terms with losing someone they love.

If this book doesn't speak to your truth, please share it with someone who needs it. As an indie author, I rely on word of mouth more than any other means of promotion. I would be very grateful for any efforts to help "get the word out".

Stronger Than This is my tenth published novel but it will certainly not be my last. I could not do any of this without the incredible and unconditional support of my family, my friends, colleagues, and especially my very faithful readers. I thank you for letting me share my words and stories with you.

About the Novel: Charlene’s soul mate, Samantha, has been killed in a car accident. Daniel’s partner, Martin, has been murdered in a robbery gone wrong. Seeking comfort, Charlene and Daniel attend a support group where they meet for the first time. Emotionally devastated and discarded by their loved ones’ conservative families, Charlene and Daniel feel an immediate connection. Rather than reveal their pain to a room full of strangers, they decide to see each other through their shared anguish. As a beautiful friendship emerges from grief, slivers of new hope are found.

Five Star Review: "Stronger Than This is a very cleverly constructed piece of writing. Through their various forms of communication, we watch Daniel and Charlene go through the seven stages of grief: denial, guilt, anger, depression, the upward turn, reconstruction, and finally acceptance. The author has a great command of the language, making the mundane sound poetic. This was a touching and absorbing read."
Lynda Dickson, Book Direct

"This is a beautifully written look at a very serious issue that can be faced by any one of us. Even if we think we are prepared, the finality of death is very difficult to deal with and Barnes deals with it with sensitivity."
Amos Lassen, Reviews by Amos Lassen

Get more info about the Stronger Than This virtual book tour.

Read an interview and an excerpt from the novel.

Thursday, January 2, 2014



Available exclusively on Kindle. 

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I am pleased to announce the publication of Baby in the Basement, available from Pinwheel Plays.

Official selection for the NYC 15-Minute Play Festival. In this gritty and urban drama, two homeless teenagers meet while seeking refuge in the basement of an abandoned building. What begins as a friendship sadly evolves into a mutual suicide pact. This widely-produced one-act play features roles for two teen actors and requires a simple set.



Available exclusively on Kindle.

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I am pleased to announce the publication of A Darling Among the Maidens, available from Pinwheel Plays.

In this delightful stage play, four young women come-of-age at an all-girl Catholic boarding school. Rachel wants to become a nun and devote her life to God. Naomi has been expelled from numerous schools and Our Lady of Grace is her last chance. Mara is obsessed with two things: old movie stars and herself. Alisha wants to avoid the same struggles of her parents. Having known her fair share of heartache, Sister Josephine is an unconventional nun who becomes a mentor to Rachel, Naomi, Mara, and Alisha. Performed by many youth ministries and church groups around the country, this comedic play for young people features roles for 6 women and 2 young men.

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