BARBARA LOGAN COLLEY
Compliments of Linda Holt Moorehead, Class of 1961
Barbara Logan Colley, Class of 1965 high school reunion, asking directions to the high school library to deliver some books she
has written as a gift Minden High School.
Barbara Colley is an award-winning, best-selling author of eleven novels that have been published in over seventeen foreign languages. A native of Louisiana, Barbara has lived there all of her life. She was born in the town of Ringgold and grew up in Minden where she worked on her high school newspaper staff, and later, on the staff of the Minden Press and Herald. At that time though, she never really dreamed of becoming a writer. In fact, she attended Louisiana Tech University and Nicholls State University as a music education major. Her dream then was to become a band director. Instead, she married, and moved with her husband to Luling, Louisiana near New Orleans. Over thirty-five years later, three children, and six precious grandchildren, Barbara and her husband still live there.
Photo by Bob Grambling, submitted by Greg Grambling
Barbara Logan in the middle 1965 Louisiana Music Educators Association Dist.
II All District Band
"I truly love living near New Orleans," Barbara says. "With its Creole French and Spanish influence, it's such a unique and interesting city. Strolling through the historical French Quarter or through the lush Garden District is one of my favorite pastimes. The city is well over 200 years old, but each time that I visit, I find something new and fascinating."
So how did Barbara get started writing? "A lot of people ask me that question," she says. "And the answer is both simple and complex. Simply, I was trying to be a good, conscientious mother. More complex, I've always loved to read, and according to my mother, I've always possessed a healthy dose of imagination as well as the belief that I could do anything I wanted to do if I set my mind to it. When my oldest daughter was a young teenager, Harlequin Presents began arriving through the mail. Without my knowledge, my daughter had subscribed to the Harlequin Book Club, and I decided I should read a few to make sure they were suitable for someone her age. I deemed that they were suitable, but a funny thing happened. The more I read, the more I wanted to read. Then I came to a point when I began to believe that I could write one of those."
Barbara says that, "Believing I could write a book was half the battle. Actually writing one and getting published was the other half. Well, I did write one, then I wrote another one, then another, and I'm still writing twenty years later. I've worked at many jobs over the years, including being a line dispatcher in an Army ammunition facility near Minden, editing the classified section for a newspaper, and serving as the secretary for a country club. The best job I've ever had though, is being able to share my stories, whether they're romances or mysteries, with thousands of wonderful readers all over the world as a published author."
As a published author, Barbara has won many writing awards. For her first Charlotte LaRue mystery, Maid for Murder, she was nominated by Romantic Times BookClub for the 2003 Reviewer's Choice Award for Best First Mystery. She won Second Place for her unpublished novel, Beginnings, in the Mainstream Category for the 2000 PASIC Book of Your Heart Contest. She also received the 1996 Distinguished Artist Award (in honor of outstanding contributions to the literary arts in Louisiana). Her romantic suspense, Gulf Breezes, won the 1992 Oklahoma Romance Writers of America National Reader's Choice. Gulf Breezes also garnered the 1992 Romance Writers of America Published Author Network ARTemis Award for it's outstanding cover art.
Barbara's most recent novels are Wiped Out, a Charlotte LaRue mystery published in February 2005, and Dangerous Memories, a romantic suspense that was published December 2004. At present, Barbara is busy writing Married to the Mop, her fifth Charlotte LaRue mystery, available in hardcover January 2006.
Do you know where we can get these books?
Barbara Logan and her husband David Colley both graduated from MHS with me in 1965. I have read excerpts from her books on her website, but have not found the books to buy. The excerpts were really good. She was in Shreveport a couple of Saturdays ago, but I could not get over to visit with her. Before our reunion in September, I plan to buy and read her whole series of "keep it clean" books. I've enjoyed visiting with Barbara and David at every reunion and hope they will make it back to this one! Keep up the good work on MindenMemories. I love reading the articles.
Claire Turner Fussell
Author of the Charlotte LaRue mystery series:
Available NOW in hardcover--Wiped Out
Available in paperback--Polished Off, Death Tidies Up, and Maid for Murder
I really appreciate everyone's interest in my books. Most any bookstore--Barnes and Nobel, Borders, Waldenbooks, etc.-- should be able to get them if they don't already have them in stock. When I did the signing at the Barnes and Noble in Shreveport, I signed the stock that was left after the signing, which means that there should be some signed copies still there. Unless they've already sold them. In that case, simply ask the bookseller to order them. And of course they can be ordered at Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble.com.
Barbara Logan and her husband David Colley both graduated from MHS with me in 1965. I have read excerpts from her books on her website, but have not found the books to buy. The excerpts were really good. She was in Shreveport a couple of Saturdays ago, but I could not get over to visit with her. Before our reunion in September, I plan to buy and read her whole series of "keep it clean" books. I've enjoyed visiting with Barbara and David at every reunion and hope they will make it back to this one! Keep up the good work on MindenMemories. I love reading the articles. Claire Turner Fussell
Many thanks to Barbara and Linda Moorehead for the biography.