Holly LaBarbera

I was a writer long before I knew I was a writer, as a young pen pal with my Grandma, corresponding with her about boys and books and everything else of importance. I remain dedicated to snail-mail, single-handedly attempting to keep the US Postal Service up and running by sending handwritten cards and letters to friends and family.

I love to read and am old-school on that, too, enjoying the feel of holding a book in my hands and turning actual pages, so much warmer than yet another screen.

I recently began my creative writing career and am currently looking for a publisher for my first novel, FIVE DAYS. I am also hard at work editing my second novel, ALL I KNOW. I attended Squaw Valley Community of Writers Workshop in July 2018 and loved every minute of it. I attended the San Francisco Writers Workshop in February 2019.

In addition to writing, I am a psychotherapist, spending my days exploring relationships—learning what brings people together, keeps them together, and pulls them apart. I witness brave journeys of self-discovery and see the difficult choices people are called upon to make, all of which I hope brings truth to the characters I write and the journeys they undertake.

I grew up just north of New York City and now live outside of San Francisco. I consider myself equal parts New Yorker and California girl, using a mash-up of Yankees, 49ers, and Warriors players I have cheered for and fantasized about over the years to create the character of Trey Moore in FIVE DAYS.


Holly LaBarbera