Author, Barbara Studham

Creator of memoir, fiction, and children's picture book, Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

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Hamilton (ON) Writing Clubs

Be part of a writing group!

Joining a writing group, circle, or club, is as essential for published authors as it is for first-time writers. Benefiting from other writers’ support, tips, knowledge, expertise, reviews, along with writing exercises and prompts, is paramount to getting words down on the page.

In Hamilton-Wentworth, I am aware of two writing clubs. Professor Barry Gottlieb facilitates one at Neighbour 2 Neighbour bookstore on Athens Street. Viga Boland hosts another at Turner Park Library on Rymal Road. Both are free to attend, held during daytime hours, and open to both newbie and experienced writers alike.

For information on Professor Gottlieb’s writing club,


For information on Viga Boland’s writing circle,


In the meantime, why not check out my ebook, titled, Friday at 4:00, at your Amazon website, the following links, and many other ebook distributors.

Friday at 4:00

Friday at 4:00

Friday at 4:00. Genre/Women’s fiction. Price .99 cents (usd)

Meet Diane, Jane, Bev and Leigh living as neighbors in an affluent district of Brentwood. Like many neighborhoods, the four are ignorant of each other’s existence but unexpectedly meet up after their lives spiral out of control. Their meeting takes place at a most unlikely location in stark contrast to their prosperity, and they soon discover they have more in common than wealth. Each one is there to shed reminders of painful memories associated with their acts of foolishness, greed, bitterness, and lust. Although fiction, their lives shed light on the pain women suffer through adultery, age-gap relationships, marital boredom, and aging: hidden pains seldom revealed due to embarrassment, self-loathing, and a fear of ridicule. But when the four women finally meet, do they share their shame, or wisely stay silent? Only time will tell.

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and many more ebook distributors.



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Draw a Rose

Trying my hand at drawing!

In my previous post, titled, Learn To Draw, I mentioned that I have registered for “seascape painting” at my local art store. My hope is to improve the pictures I draw of English seasides and post on this blog. Until now, I have used Word’s basic shapes and color fill.  However, while I wait for the class to begin,  I purchased a book titled, Pencil Drawing, Project Book for Beginners, published by Walter Foster Publishing. Last evening, I got started by following the six steps to drawing a rose.

Draw a Rose

After following the six steps (see the picture below), here is what I learned:

  • While following instructions from a book helps, I would definitely benefit from real life lessons.
  • That everything has a basic shape.
  • That a 2H pencil lead is harder than an HB.
  • That I suck at shading! I’m not sure either how to shade, or where I should shade.

Here is a picture of my efforts. From figures 2 and 3, you will notice I was flailing a bit, but picked up when I applied the circular lines for petals in step 4.

Draw a Rose

Draw a Rose

Draw a Rose

My opinion of my final effort in step 6:

  • Hmm… not great yet! While my final attempt #6 looks like a rose, it does not capture its essence. It looks more like an end-of-season wilted rose. Oh, well, just keep trying… just keep trying!
All ebooks .99 cents (usd)

All ebooks .99 cents (usd)

My memoir and fiction ebooks are available from your Amazon store, the following links, and many fine ebook distributors. All are .99 cents (usd).





Seaford, East Sussex

A Great Place To Visit!

Seaford, East Sussex

Seaford, East Sussex

Retiree, Milly Mullan, is the main character in my fiction series, Under the Shanklin Sky. I enjoy interspersing her amateur sleuthing with descriptions of English coastal areas. The following is a paragraph taken from my latest manuscript: A Hint of Spring. Available in 2017, it will be the fourth in the series. Genre: cozy/amateur sleuth.

Seaford, East Sussex

… Waking early, she (Milly) slipped her feet into her pink slippers, pulled on her housecoat, and opened the balcony doors. Shading her eyes from the sun, she squinted at the ravaged shoreline ahead. Pebbles and broken shells interspersed with plastic bottles and brightly colored bits of garbage scattered the beach. Clumps of curly, brown seaweed, looking like masses of tangled hair hindered early morning swimmers. Despite the scene, Milly inhaled the fresh, intoxicating sea air purified by the storm, and anticipated the trip to Seaford that she and her daughter, Rosie, had planned for the day. A quick coffee with toast and jam, and a shower and change into her ‘perfect for iffy weather’ outfit consisting of gray pants, a rose-colored wool top, and comfortable walking shoes, left her with only a phone call to make…

Barbara Studham's ebooks

Barbara Studham’s ebooks

All my ebooks are available from your Amazon store, from the following links, and from most ebook distributors.

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A Shanklin Postcard

Postcard from Milly Mullan

I woke up this morning to find this postcard in my mailbox; sent from the primary fictional character Milly Mullan in my book, Under The Shanklin Sky.  Couldn’t wait to share it with you. What a lovely surprise! … Barbara

All my books, including, Under The Shanklin Sky, can be purchased at the following links, or from your favorite ebook distributors.

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Barbara Studham dot com

Author, Barbara Studham

Welcome to Barbara Studham’s author site

My Author Site

Welcome to my new author site, barbara studham dot com. At the moment it is a work in progress, but here you will find a list of my memoirs, fiction, and non-fiction.

Please see the menu bar for more information and in-depth descriptions of my books.

Memoirs: My memoirs include Two Decades Of Diapers, and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: The Teen Years. Both books describe the twenty years of challenges and struggles I faced while raising four grandchildren with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. My third memoir, Psychopathetic, highlights the emotional violence I experienced during a five-year abusive relationship.

Fiction: My stand-alone stories include, Friday at 4:00, The Look of a Twelve-Year-Old, and, Not My Type. All relate to the daily deluge of dilemmas woman face during their lives. Some are challenged by age-gap relationships, infidelity, ageism, and marital boredom, while others face more intense trials and come out fighting! Nevertheless, all women will relate to the stories because every woman has a story to tell.

Fiction Series #1: Under The Shanklin Sky.  Milly Mullan is a retiree from London with delightful childhood memories of holidays spent at the seaside town of Shanklin, located on the Isle of Wight. As an adult, she intended to vacation there often but with a successful career as an interior designer to oversee, and hubby being top chef at a popular up-scale London restaurant, time to holiday was denied them. Not until retired, did Milly return to Shanklin, by which time Harry had died from health complications and their daughter, Rosie, had grown up and married. Milly has wonderful adventures Under The Shanklin Sky, and returns for more in the next two books in the series, titled, The Faring Foxglove, and, The Bathing Beauty.

Fiction Series #2: I, Gossip. James Gossip is the main character in my series: I, Gossip. James is different from my other main characters because he is male, whereas, to date, my main characters have been female. While going about his everyday business he is caught up in a strange wave of demonstrations against a government threat called, Project Abaddon. Not sure, he should get involved, his gut tells him to take a stand, join in the protests, and steadfastly face this new threat to the lives of Christians worldwide. He returns in, The Hugger-Mugger Heart for another adventure with his One Road Ministries team.

Non-Fiction in progress: A Time To LieWhen an individual first receives salvation through the blood of Jesus Christ, he or she is full of joy and so embarks on a study of the Bible. But, it doesn’t take long for the new convert to realize that the Bible is a very complex book requiring years of study which many Christians find difficult to endure. So they tend to close their Bible and walk away. They might still love Jesus, but are not sure why. It was for this reason, I began an in-depth Bible study until verses came together and heightened my understanding of God. In A Time to Lie, I share my significant findings with readers.

Books by Barbara Studham

Books by Barbara Studham

All my books are available at the following links, or your favorite ebook distributor.