Barbara Schading, Ph.D.

Discussion

How do you feel about our military? Do you support the military's efforts in Iraq? Is supporting the military the same as supporting the President's policies?

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Our military is the greatest and we will not be defeated. To get out of Iraq will be quitting. Frank, Palm Bay, FL

When will our politicians get us out of that war! It was started by a lie and it is still a lie. Roger, Melbourne, FL


Who is your favorite mystery author?

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Time and again I return to the Dick Francis novels. Each one deals with horse racing in various forms, as the author used to be a steeplechase jockey, and most are stand-alone novels. But each has a heroic protagonist, each faces a formidible adversary, and in each the protagonist "stands up" against bullying, evil, madness, and all-around bad guys. The protagonist is always a "normal" guy with no need to brag about himself or bully others; he's just a guy who has limitations, yet exceeds what any man should be expected to bear, without complaining or whining. I go back to Dick Francis novels frequently, for escapism, and for a good dose of "hero." It's hard to define his writing, too; it's not ornate or flowery. It's simple and clean and most of all, the reader easily relates to the protagonist. He's a couple of novels which have the same character for a short series and I only wish he could write more, faster. His books are always on my list to buy automatically, no matter what the price. Barbara Schading, Melbourne, FL

What do you like best in a mystery series?

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I prefer an international flavor with clever twists of plot, like an Agatha Christie novel. Carter, Liverpool

Give me good romance in my mystery anyday. I don't want to see blood and gore, only strong suspense. Sophia, Montreal

I like a long-running mystery besides the current problem to be solved in each episode. Something that ties them together. Josephine, New Delhi

Paranormal readers: who's your favorite author? How does he/she handle the paranormal element?

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Selected Works

Non-Fiction, Military
A Civilian's Guide to the U.S. Military
"...An indispensible introduction to the world's greatest military." W.E.B. Griffin, best-selling author of The Corps and other military series.
Novels
Closure
An inexperienced journalist assumes the inquiries of a recently-deceased investigative reporter who specialized in unsolved murders, unaware the dead man is a ghost who must solve his own murder.
Disclosure
Fraud in the legal industry and canine guards send Carey on a terrifying chase to right several terrible wrongs.
The Intentional Error
Co-authors of a thriller series with their own secrets to hide must assume their character’s super-sleuth qualities to survive when they inadvertently purchase a rug specifying a 911-like attack in London.
Letters at the End
Dying woman writes letters to people who've influenced her life.
But I Digress
Wacky chick lit tale of beachlife insanity!
Novella
Naked Came the Flamingo
"Move over Travis McGee. The Flamingo has Landed."
Magazine Articles
Magazine & Online Publications
My Magazine Articles