Barbara Smith

Let me introduce you to Barbara Smith (a.k.a. B.A. Smith), or rather Dr. Barbara A. Smith, Psychologist.

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Can you tell us who you are and what genre(s) you write in?

Good morning!  I am Dr. Barbara A. Smith—I write under the pen name, B A Smith.

I have written a psychology textbook, mysteries and historical fiction.


Pick one topic you think somehow sets you apart and tell us about it. Be it the twist you always incorporate into your stories, or how you build your novel. Is there something different about how you approach your writing that you would like to share?

Well, I hesitate to characterize what I do as “building a novel,” which definitely seems like a good idea, but is more organized and thoughtful than what I do.  I guess what I would say is that my stories tend to develop as I write; sometimes, that happens in an orderly fashion and, at other times, I have written the ending and work backward by writing forward!  There are similarities among my novels, as well as vast differences.  The similarities?  What is similar across all of my books is the integration of themes related to: differing cultural experience and justice.  In terms of differences?  The only element of my own experience that I incorporated into Death at Painted Cave and Floater in Baltimore Harbor relates to the settings; whereas, much of my experience living in Costa Rica influenced the writing of Green Grows the Grass.


What are the books you have published to date? What books can we expect to see in the near future?


Psychology of Sex and Gender


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Death at Painted Cave: A Robin Crane Mystery

Death at Painted Cave gets five stars because of the engaging storyline, interesting setting, and lovable characters. I recommend this series to all mystery fans, including those who like to avoid too many gory details. This book reads like a police procedural and would make a great gift for any of the Law and Order fans in your life! I had so much fun with the layers in this story – and this cast of characters – that I can’t wait for the next mystery to be investigated by Detective Robin Crane. Kudos to B A Smith!


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Green Grows the Grass

I highly recommend Green Grows the Grass. It is a historical fiction of prime interest to those who wish to comprehend, at a deep level, the extent to which individuals are affected by war. The author does a beautiful job of weaving together the story of individuals and the history of nations. It is also a very good read. Personally, I like supporting new authors and after reading B A Smith’s first book (Death at Painted Cave), I was captivated, so I turned to this one. What a find!

This review was published in the Tico Times, an English language newspaper in Costa Rica.


Floater in the Baltimore Harbor: A Robin Crane Mystery (Scheduled for Spring release.)


Please share any awards, honors, etc. that you have received.

No awards for published work; Fulbright award during which I wrote the textbook and much of Green Grows the Grass, while researching access to healthcare among the poor in Costa Rica.


Please share any social media links, websites, radio show interviews, etc.

A “Like” certainly would be appreciated. I’ll keep you posted regarding the               release of the next Robin Crane Mystery, Specials, etc.!




Green Grows the Grass  Go to:

*** Special Countdown Deal through Kindle:  1/27 to 2/3


Death at Painted Cave   Go to:


If you could convey one message that would be heard all over the world, what would it be and why?

Imagine …

You may say I’m a dreamer

But I’m not the only one

I hope someday you’ll join us

And the world will live as one

                              John Lennon

Why?  War is horror.


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