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Writing the Elfyverse . . . and beyond

About Barb

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A recent picture of me. (I’m wearing a Brewers jersey!)

Barb Caffrey is a writer, editor, musician, and composer. She holds two degrees, is an inveterate and omnivorous reader, and is the writer of the comic urban fantasy romance AN ELFY ON THE LOOSE (book one of the ELFY duology), available now from Twilight Times Books. (Book two, A LITTLE ELFY IN BIG TROUBLE, is tentatively scheduled for mid-to-late September of 2015 — correction, is now out.)

Her stories and poems have appeared in many places, including GIFTS OF DARKOVER, STARS OF DARKOVER, FIRST CONTACT CAFE, HOW BEER SAVED THE WORLD, BEDLAM’S Maelstrom3EDGE, BEARING NORTH, independently at Amazon (“To Survive the Maelstrom,” co-written with Michael B. Caffrey) at the Written Word online magazine, at Joyful! Online, at Midwest Literary Magazine, at e-Quill Publishing, and at Vision online magazine (a publication of the Forward Motion Writers Group).  She reviews books for Shiny Book Review and, more occasionally, at for their Vine program. And once upon a time, she was an opinion columnist and arts and entertainment reporter for both the Daily Nebraskan and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Ranger News; additional op-eds were published by the Racine Labor Paper and by the Racine Journal-Times (under the previous married name).

Now, let’s talk about editing. (Mostly so I can show you the nifty editing graphic N.N. Light made for Barb.)

Barb Caffrey Editor

a0bb9-anelfyontheloose_medThus far, Barb has edited for Masterpiece Comics, the Written Word,, is on the editorial board of Twilight Times Books and has completed a copy-editing internship at the sports Web site Bleacher Report.  This proves that Barb can edit just about anything.  But her love is for the science fiction and fantasy she grew up with, which is why she’s especially proud of her work with authors Jeffrey Getzin, Stoney Compton and Loren K. Jones.  A partial list of the books she’s edited to date includes:

BARBARIANS AT THE GATE, Christopher Nuttall
, Stoney Compton
CONVENTION CAREER CONNECTION: Putting the Pro Into Your Con, Steven Savage
“Shara and the Haunted Village” (novella), Jeffrey Getzin
ANSELM: A Metamorphosis, Florence Byham Weinberg
The Curse Giver, Dora Machado
The Coal Elf, Maria DeVivo

“Joey Maverick: On Westmount Station”

She’s the widow of Michael B. Caffrey, who was her husband, co-writer, friend, soul mate, and more.   He completed one novel, MAVERICK, LIEUTENANT, in his lifetime, and had nearly completed a second, MINIATURES; both are currently being edited and revised for publication based on Michael’s notes.   One of Michael’s stories in his Adventures of Joey Maverick series, “A Dark and Stormy Night,” was first published by the Written Word in 2005, reprinted at e-Quill Publishing in 2010, and is now available for sale at Amazon.  “On Westmount Station,” the second story in the Adventures of Joey Maverick,  was published by e-Quill Publishing in 2011 and is now available for sale at Amazon.   Michael’s three fantasy stories about Princess Columba and the Cat coverColumba and her remarkable cat-familiar were initially published in September 2010 by e-Quill Publishing, but were withdrawn in 2012. “Columba and the Cat” has been reissued through Amazon Kindle as an independent e-book, and the other stories in the Columba Chronicles will follow in 2016.

Barb has vowed that Michael’s work — his words — will live on as long as there is anyone to read them.

She follows politics, loves sports, watches far too much reality TV and is mystified by the “Maury” show.  What all this says about her is anyone’s guess.

Written by Barb Caffrey

July 11, 2010 at 4:09 am

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  1. Just a note about your review for Local Custom. Anne Davis is not a professor of genetics. She is a professor of competitive linguistics.


    January 3, 2011 at 9:16 am

    • Though this, strictly speaking, would be better underneath the actual blog post, I will fix this, Clarke. I knew better; I was trying to get the blog finished too fast. (Thanks for the correction. I’d have eventually found and fixed; this way is much faster. :-))

      Barb Caffrey

      January 3, 2011 at 6:00 pm

  2. Impressive resume! 🙂

    Ben Hoffman

    January 3, 2011 at 6:47 pm

  3. Barb

    Thank you for your support of the Draft Hillary Clinton for President in 2012 Petition in the past!  We would love to have you sign our ALL NEW Petition, which replaces the first one which we unfortunately lost to a politically motivated cyber attack, along with all our 1,000 names. assured me that tougher security measures are in place to back up data hourly and report internet theft immediately by text alert. I thank you so much for signing before and urge you to sign again and bring someone with you. Also, please post this link as your Facebook and Twitter status and whatever other social media you use.   It’s loyal supporters like you who are helping us get back on track.  Thanks again!

    Steve Rosinski

    Steve Rosinski

    May 12, 2011 at 12:00 am

    • Thanks, Steve — I don’t click on small links any more due to the potential problems (some of ’em can have viruses, though I really doubt _yours_ would) — could you give me the long link to this and I’ll be glad to go look at the form and undoubtedly sign it again. 😉

      Barb Caffrey

      May 12, 2011 at 4:37 pm

  4. Barb, you forgot to mention in your bio your contract with TTB. 🙂


    November 12, 2012 at 8:35 am

    • I thought I fixed that? Well, I’ll go look again.

      Thanks for giving me a head’s up, Jason.

      Barb Caffrey

      November 12, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    • I’ve re-worded it and added a parenthetical sentence, as follows: “She holds two degrees, is an inveterate and omnivorous reader, and is the writer of the comic urban fantasy romance ELFY, which will be published by Twilight Times Books in October of 2013. (The contract has been signed and we’re good to go.)”

      But I have to say that writing about myself in the 3rd person drives me bonkers. 😉

      Barb Caffrey

      November 12, 2012 at 6:21 pm

      • Make the last “me”, “Barb” instead, what a hoot.


        February 11, 2013 at 6:40 pm

  5. How does one contact you about your services as an editor for the sci-fi genre?

    Michael S. Jones

    March 8, 2015 at 7:33 pm

  6. Hello Barb, I could not find the contact button, so I did it this way. Thank you for commenting on my post from the Paranormal Love Wednesday Blog Hop. I really appreciate it. All the best to you also.

    JoAnne Myers

    June 17, 2015 at 4:26 pm

  7. Very impressive About Page, Barb. While here, I’d also like to thank you for visiting, commenting, and following my blog. Have a great day.

    Mary J. McCoy-Dressel

    July 2, 2015 at 7:32 am

    • Thank you, Mary. I appreciate your comment, and that you’ve visited my blog as well as starting to follow along with the Elfyverse…believe me, all of that is much appreciated.

      Happy 4th of July! 😀 (One day early.)

      Barb Caffrey

      July 3, 2015 at 1:18 am

  8. Hi Barb, thank you for following me and the storyhounds – following you right back! 🙂


    February 18, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    • Thanks, Annabelle! Glad to do it, and I look forward to seeing your posts. 😀

      Barb Caffrey

      February 18, 2016 at 2:44 pm

  9. Hi Bard I would love to interview you also as I know you are a author as well, if your happy for this my email address is


    July 27, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    • Sure, Fiona. I’d be happy to be interviewed. 😀

      I’ll try to send you an e-mail tomorrow. And thank you!

      Barb Caffrey

      July 27, 2016 at 9:29 pm

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  11. Barb, I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Award – check it out here!


    June 30, 2017 at 1:44 pm

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