Hello, I’m Barbara Gipson, the author of this website as well as a published author of children’s books. I was born in Los Angeles, California on May 25, 1948. I graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Administration. After thirty years of service, I retired from the City of Los Angeles, Police Department where I was employed as a Management Analyst II (Budget Coordinator) on April 2, 1999.
I first started writing in 1978. I kept having these dreams, and, upon waking, I felt they’d make a great story. Not to tell, as I had been doing before, but to put into a mystery novel. I had a big, big notebook of story ideas and notes, which I still have. Later when I sat down to put these notes on paper, none of them made any sense. I did get enough notes on a common theme and set out to write my first mystery novel. It wasn’t long before I discovered that I didn’t know the first thing about writing a mystery novel. So I stopped and started learning how to do that. Somewhere along the way, I learned about an online class for writing children’s books and my interest in writing turned in that direction. Someday, though, I’m going to write that mystery novel.
I began my career as an author of Children’s Fiction Books in 1996 when I enrolled in a writing course at the Children’s Institute of Literature. At present, I live in Long Beach, California with my sister Frances and my son Robert.
Disappearing Footprints is the first book in the Shirley Brown mystery collection of five books for Middle Grade Readers. The Secret of Copper Springs is the next book in the collection and will be followed by Hidden in Plain Sight, The Lost Quilt (or The Last Station), and The Secret Maze (Dark Lavender, or The Door in the Maze). I am also working on a picture book for First Time Readers entitled Hey! That’s Me, and a dramatic novel for Young Adults entitled Life Changin.
My favorite books are: mysteries, fantasy, some westerns, pulp fiction, and Victorian romances. Oh, I can’t forget the comic books, especially those that feature steampunk.