Grit and Distraction is Volume One in my Short Story writing series.

Mortal Remains  My poetry book will be on the market winter of 2018 -2019

Poor Rich Aunt Barby is Volume One in my Memoir writing series titled, ZBohom A Pis.  My memoir is still in the edit stage. The Title is Translated from Slovak as - Go With God and Write.


Grit and Distraction - Stories


Meet Rachel, Yindi, Inka, and more -  From the Outback in Australia to Oakland, CA. A cast of characters search their individual cultures.  Is it quantum physics they question, the beat of the Didgeridoo, or a modus operandi driven by greed and power instead of a philosophers' stone. 


Two old codgers hang out in a cabin up Goldflake Draw, high in the Rockies of Colorado. Just before a winter blizzard arrives,  a grey jay bird moves in with them, and the snow buries their dwelling.  Does that shyster elixir of love,  still exist inside bodies built of old bones and damaged memories.


There is a legend about ​Timur the Lame, a 14th century Turko-Mongol military leader. There are two main characters  and a backdrop of poetry, romance, sex and the saxophone. Are the clues to a contemporary woman's life bound by the verse of  Tolstoy's novel,  Anna Karenina? Can the Mongol hordes of history, or  the elusive dingo, show her how to capture her place in American society.


A psychological thriller with strong narrative drive. A mother's suspicion, along with a hard drawn chalk mark on the father's office wall. Their daughter endures fable and mockery between her parents.  Was there really an enigmatic woman in a monastery he visited, on a long ago trek inside Nepal? 

Grit and Distraction -  Four Short Stories

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Barbara Mertus - Books & Poetry

​​​Available For Purchase

  January 2019

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