M. P. Barker

About me

Author of two historical novels set in 19th-century New England: “A Difficult Boy” and “Mending Horses.” Former archivist at Springfield History Museums and interpreter at Old Sturbridge Village. I’m also a historical consultant–work includes scripts for historical dramatizations, exhibits, nominations to the National Register of Historic Places, fundraising materials, planning studies, and more.

From my website

Author Interview: Linda Crotta Brennan

Rivers catching fire and noxious gases so dense they fell people by the dozens. Sound like something out of a dystopian fantasy? No, we’re talking about mid-20th-century America, when rivers were clogged with factory waste, garbage, and sewage; industry spewed toxic chemicals into the atmosphere by the ton; and pesticides…

Author Interview: Jane Sutcliffe, Historian and Biographer

Today’s guest is Jane Sutcliffe, the author of more than two dozen nonfiction books for young readers. Her titles range from picture books to middle-grade, with biographies profiling presidents, figures from entertainment, business, and sports, and more. Her most recent publications are The White House Is Burning (Charlesbridge, 2014), about…


“Michele Barker was good enough to come down to teach my high school advanced fiction class, and the session was just wonderful! She provided materials that showed them in a very real way what revision is really about. Then walked them through the material and talked to them about the…

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