Barbara Friend Ish

Atlanta, Ga

Writer, publisher, slave of cats: I am Publisher, Editor-in-Chief, and Wild-Eyed Visionary for Mercury Retrograde Press: a small press dedicated to unconventional authors and works that might undeservedly slip through the cracks at bigger houses. Books I've edited have been covered by Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Locus Magazine, and print and electronic outlets worldwide. I have been featured in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Library Journal and appeared at the Library of Congress and SF/F conventions across the southeast, mid-Atlantic, and mountain states. My debut novel, The Shadow of the Sun, appeared in Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and Locus and was a finalist for the Compton Crook Award. Information on this and other Mercury Retrograde Press books is available at

I live in a place called Lost Forest, in a purple house that is bigger on the inside than on the outside. The most important projects I've ever worked on are named Daniel and Rachael, and they are no longer children but I will always be their mom. Current projects include The Heart of Darkness and The Lord of the Abyss, the sequels to The Shadow of the Sun; an ongoing competition with my husband to determine who is a bigger geek; a garden entirely bereft of nutritional value; and a search for the perfect bottle of champagne.

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  • Work
    • Mercury Retrograde Press
  • Education
    • Rice University
    • William Tennent High School