DeMarco-Barrett’s first book, Pen on Fire: A Busy Woman’s Guide to Igniting the Writer Within (2004), made the Los Angeles Times bestseller list and was honored with a 2005 American Society of Journalists and Authors Outstanding Book Award. Her short story, “Crazy for You,” was published in the anthology, Orange County Noir (2010), and reissued in USA Noir: Best of Akashic Noir Series (2013). Her essays and articles appear in Orange Coast Magazine, Westways, Los Angeles Times, The Writer, Writer’s Digest, Poets & Writers, Toronto Sun, Sunset, and others. Barbara has worked as an auto parts runner, baker, waitress, crisis intervention counselor, semiconductor inspector, and more. Currently, she is a blogger, an online instructor for Gotham Writers’ Workshop, and a co-host of Writers on Writing, broadcasting from UC Irvine and streaming online. Barbara received a Distinguished Instructor Award at UC Irvine Extension in 2001, and was awarded Orange Coast Magazine’s Literary Magnet #1 in 2008. She is founder of the Pen on Fire Speakers/Writers Salon.