Barbara Bates

B. L. Bates' writing falls into the speculative fiction field, though threads of romance, crime, and mystery often sneak in. Her engineering degree taught her to use the physical world as a springboard, but after becoming blind due to a head injury, fantastical and magical aspects tend to creep in. Acceptance and separateness have become part of her stories, heightening the conflict.

She lives in Massachusetts with her husband. When not writing, she can be found reading, cooking, or enjoying the outdoors.

Professional Interests: Working toward bringing equality to the disabled. Becoming disabled as an adult allows her to see both sides of the problem.



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