Dalton State Professor to Speak About Latest Novel


Dr. Barbara G. Tucker finds enrichment through writing novels.

“Reading good books is part of the abundant life-not all of it, but a big part,” Tucker said. “So I try to provide that for my readers.”

Tucker, chair of the Department of Communication, will speak about her latest novel, "Long Lost Promise," on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 12:15 p.m. in Roberts Library room 201. The event is free and open to the public.

This sequel to “Long Lost Family” is a mystery set in Northwest Georgia. Marta Gonzalez is about to leave to attend a prestigious university on a full scholarship. Her long-time boyfriend Chad Greenway is staying home, unsure about his life's next step. On a steamy Fourth of July evening, Marta makes a decision that changes their lives forever and rocks the community. Local newspaper editor Scott Wallace juggles his job, special needs son and ex-wife while helping the local deputy with evidence and managing conflicts with the media.

This is the second in a series of mysteries involving small-town newspaper editor Scott Wallace who observes and records, and sometimes helps the local police solve crimes in Pierce's Crossing, Ga. The third book is due next year with six entries planned for the “Long Lost” series.

The event will cover her writing process and her journey as a writer. She will read an excerpt from her new novel “Long Lost Promise.” Tucker says the experience of hearing an author read from the novel invites the author’s tone of voice to invade the reader’s mind. 

Tucker hopes the Dalton State event will lead to a deeper investment in her work. She values her role as professor, but also distinguishes herself as an independent novel writer. Her other works will be available for purchase and signing as well.

Tucker has experience in having her previous works published by a small house publisher. Lately though, she has chosen to self-publish. This has given her more freedom, self-identification in her work and allows her to market her books herself.

Tucker says it normally takes her over a year to finish a novel. Her influences range from the classic character studies of Charles Dickens to the mysteries of Sue Grafton.

She describes her works as having two different stylistic focal points: faith and secular. This book is more secular but focuses on prominent issues.

“I think a lot of people will relate to the character of Marta,” Tucker said. 

She adapts her messages to service the story, but mostly, Tucker hopes her work is a “good read.”

Tucker lives in Northwest Georgia. She writes plays, novels, Bible studies and academic works. You can find her other novels on Amazon or visit her website at https://www.barbaragrahamtucker.com/.