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Originally from Carrollton, Illinois, Barbara Casey attended the University of North Carolina, N.C. State University, and N.C. Wesleyan College where she received a BA degree, summa cum laude, with a double major in English and history. 

Her award-winning articles, short stories, and poetry for adults have appeared in both national and international publications. Ms. Casey’s two middle-grade/young adult novels, LEILANI ZAN and GRANDMA JOCK AND CHRISTABELLE (James C. Winston Publishing) were nominated for awards of excellence by the SCBWI Golden Kite Award, the National Association of University Women Literary Award, and the Sir Walter Raleigh Literary Award.  SHYLA’S INITIATIVE (Crossquarter Publishing Group), a contemporary adult novel of fiction, received a 2003 Independent Publisher Book Award and also an award of special literary recognition by the Palm Beach County Cultural Council.  A thirty-minute television special which Ms. Casey wrote and coordinated was broadcast on WRAL, Channel 5, in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Most recently, she received a nomination for the 2004 PEN/Robert Bingham Fellowship for Writers.

Ms. Casey is a former member of BookFest of the Palm Beaches, Florida, where she served as guest author and panelist.  For the past twelve years, she has served as judge for the Pathfinder Literary Awards in Palm Beach and Martin Counties, Florida, and was the Florida Regional Advisor for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators from 1991 through 2003. 

In addition to her writing, Ms. Casey has an editorial consulting service, and is president of her own literary agency. Ms. Casey is also the publisher of Publishers Update, a bimonthly directory of children’s publishers and literary agents.  Ms. Casey’s past professional associations include the position of editorial consultant for The Jamaican Writers Circle in affiliation with the University of West Indies and Mico Teachers College in Kingston.  She also received special recognition for her editorial work on the English translations of Albanian children’s stories. 

Available from ArcheBooks Publishing:

THE COACH'S WIFE, ISBN 1-59507-042-7 Hardcover, ISBN 1-59507-043-5 eBook

The House of Kane, ISBN 1-59507-136-9, ISBN-13 978-159507-136-1, eBook ISBN 1-59507-137-7

Foreword from THE COACH'S WIFE:

There has probably never been a time when I didn’t enjoy sports on some level.  As a young child it was with the innocence and wide-eyed excitement that goes hand-in-hand with competing and winning a prize.  Later, the rewards were less material and somehow more spiritual in nature.  When I married Willis Casey, however, my enjoyment and appreciation of sports, especially collegiate sports, took on a totally new and deeper meaning.  I could no longer be satisfied to just sit on the sidelines and cheer.  I quickly became aware that there were other factors involved in the so-called game of sports--factors that played a critical role in the over-all scheme of things as they existed within a university.


Willis was the director of athletics at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.  It was through his eyes I learned that collegiate sports was not “just a game,” and that a winning athletics program was much more far-reaching than I had ever imagined.  It influenced things like student enrollment, scholarships, donations, accreditations, standing within the community, and even the personal development of young men and women.  As I became more involved, I began to experience the ever-changing and often volatile emotions that existed with each game played, or each event.  If a team won, the exhilaration was unreal; but if it lost, there was only the feeling of despair.  With time I adjusted.  I allowed myself to be interested, but not so emotionally involved that it spilled into all the other areas of my life.  I thought I was in control.  Nothing, however, prepared me for that season when the men’s basketball team went to Albuquerque and won the NCAA National Championship.


Under the direction of a highly emotional, super-charged Italian coach by the name of Jim Valvano, this team game after game seemed to lose, only to pull out a win in the last seconds of regular play or in overtime.  It managed to survive the regular season, and as underdog, the Wolfpack team took not only its fans but the entire country by storm and marched into “The Pit” as it was called at the University of Nevada to pull off one of the biggest upsets in the history of collegiate basketball.  It is still talked about today as though it just happened.


Willis and I were sitting in the stands at center court that final game as we watched the winning dunk shot.  The entire coliseum exploded.  Willis pulled me through masses of cheering fans, past the security guards and onto the court.  The Wolfpack players were laughing and crying and piling on top of each other in a heap.  Coach V, as he was affectionately called, was running around wild-eyed, flailing his arms, searching for someone to hug.  He found Willis.  Then he found me. The overwhelming joy of the Wolfpack fans was so strong that time seemed to momentarily stop so that the enormity of what had just occurred could catch up with reality.


The Coach’s Wife is not reality.  Nor is it a replay of an unbelievably thrilling event that took place during Willis’s tenure as athletics director.  It is a story that is simply the product of my imagination brought to life on a printed page.  Within that story, however, is a spirit that reflects something that is real—that one glorious moment when winning the NCAA Basketball National Championship became a reality for the Wolfpack.

Previous Published Books (Available through or

LEILANI ZAN - ISBN:  1-55523-405-4


SHYLA’S INITIATIVE – ISBN:  1-890109-78-9



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