The Life of a Junior ~ JP Barnaby: Outside the Margins

Join us as JP Barnaby goes Outside the Margins.

JP Barnaby OTMIn September, Edmond Manning wrote a beautiful post for Outside the Margins in which he discussed his time as a sophomore author. I guess if Edmond is a sophomore that makes me a junior. I have something like 24 books in publication, which sounds like a lot, but it’s gone by so fast that sometimes, I still feel like a freshman. I’m not a senior, not yet. Looking up at my upperclassmen like Amy Lane and ZA Maxfield, I see that I have a lot of work ahead of me yet until I can move up into their ranks. Assuming I ever do.

There are fun an exciting extracurricular activities like working with Lost-N-Found Youth and field trips to places like GayRomLit, RT, and Gay Days. We have textbooks from James Scott Bell and fiction books from Anne Rice and coaches like Elizabeth North. There are different cliques with popular kids, geeks, goths, and those of us who hang out on the fringe. We even have home and away games like the Rainbow Awards and RITAs.

What I like most, I think, is helping the up and coming freshmen find their way. As upperclassmen, it’s our responsibility to find those special voices, the ones who will make it to the upper ranks of our genre and help them find the gym, the cafeteria, and of course, the library. We bring them into our groups of friends and watch them score the winning touchdown or that buzzer 3-pointer. We cheer for them and we keep the bullies away.

Of course, I also like the teachers. Chuck Wendig is one of my favorites. He’s the teacher who makes you laugh, the one who inspires and challenges you, but doesn’t let you get away with anything in his class. His blog is probably the only one I read with any regularity. I hope he never sees this, because we really shouldn’t get him started on regularity.

During my time here, it’s been a fabulous ride. I’m working now on being a foreign exchange student into other genres, but this school is my home. Like Hogwarts, in a way. I learn magic here and make friends I’d take into battle with me – Kage, William, Michael, Rowan, Poppy, and so many others.

And like Harry Potter, I have been grateful for the company.

~ JP Barnaby

About JP Barnaby

Award winning romance novelist, J. P. Barnaby has penned over a dozen books including the Working Boys series, the Little Boy Lost series, In the Absence of Monsters, and Aaron. As a bisexual woman, J.P. is a proud member of the GLBT community both online and in her small town on the outskirts of Chicago. A member of Mensa, she is described as brilliant but troubled, sweet but introverted, and talented but deviant. She spends her days writing software and her nights writing erotica, which is, of course, far more interesting. The spare time that she carves out between her career and her novels is spent reading about the concept of love, which, like some of her characters, she has never quite figured out for herself.
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4 thoughts on “The Life of a Junior ~ JP Barnaby: Outside the Margins

  1. When I was a freshman, you and I played together at the GRL registration table and I was in awe of you. An upperclassman! Hanging out with me! Treating me as an equal! You do a great job welcoming the new folks, J.P.

  2. Jp what you lend of yourself to this genre is nothing more than generous. That is your spirit. I’m so pleased that you find your yourself in such a good place right now. Love & hugs xxx

  3. I love your take on this, JP. Everyone feels great when someone helps them, even in what seem like a minor way, like pointing the way to the cafe or their way in general. Everybody benefits from living this way. Yes, welcome to “state the obvious Wednesday” LOL :p 😀
    Thanks so much for sharing this with all of us.

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