P.O. Box 6313, Dillon, Colorado 80435

(970) 968-2744

Barbara Mertus - Writer - Poet - Author - Books - and Short Stories

Barbara Mertus - Writer - Poet - Author - Books - and Short Stories

Dare To Fail - Robert Craig - Keystone Science Center


Dare To Fail - Robert Craig - Keystone Science Center

About Barbara

A lifelong passion to write & Explore Nature


My fiction books? Grit and Distraction with four short stories will be selling soon. I am anxious to get the re-writing process completed on my poetry, a novel and a memoir. I'm a firm believer in editing until the beat of the piece has a rhythm. That takes time and patience. 

My Roots - a Slovak Family


They came a long way! Grandpa Mertus sailed to America on the SS Carpathia the ship that came to Titanic's rescue, but not that year. Would both of my Grandmothers  have wanted to write? Not sure, but they both read and studied the Bible

I enjoy creating digital art


Pictures, pictures, pictures!. Photography helps my writer mind relax from editing. Some of my digital work is located on my Pinterest business page under Kustem Creations LLC . You can also catch me on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook. 

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Carlson Red - Does the past claim these two old codgers, who hang in the mountains of Colorado seeking redemption?

Timur the Lame - A long ago Mongol who ruled the Qipchaq steppe. Two present day lovers caged between Tolstoy's  novel, Anna Karenina, and who rules their love.

The Chalk Mark - Divorce? Do you think about it?  On the Island of Texel, Netherlands, in the late 1800's , it's a fight between his search in Tibet and her claim to sanity.

 Didgeridoo -  The power of music , social paradox, adventure and passion with a sci-fi twist. 

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Barbara Mertus

Dillon, Colorado 80435, United States

(970) 968-2744


Used to be in the business world, now I write for my career. My publishing Company is called Kustem Creations LLC . Please contact me if you have questions. 


How I Got Here

Writer - Author - Books

Barbara lives in Keystone, Colorado with her husband Dan. 

Born in Ohio, USA Barbara Has been a writer and poet her entire life. Her poetry and short stories have won awards and she has been published in a variety of venues.

Barbara’s short story book, Grit and Distraction will be available in print and on digital December, 2019. 

Her home is located at 9,300 feet. At that altitude, there are no high anything instructions. Barbara likes to hike, bike, is a telemark skier, and saves her money to adventure travel.To balance the physical sports, she practices yoga and meditation. The truth? She would rather ski or do yoga, before meditation. 

Barbara trusts the co-creative process that exists in nature. Look for her fiction writing class in 2020, through Colorado Mountain College, located in Summit County, Colorado. Write her for details. 

Barbara's credo. It's never too late to start writing. Pick up your pen , open an inexpensive spiral notebook and start a practice . Of course you can write on your computer too, but write every day.  Don't edit as you write and say "NO" to worry.  Daily practice exercises your brain. You're not going to publish the words, no one is looking over your shoulder. Be a kid again and Just Write. 

The First Person Point of View.

I still stumble about with stubby pencils and colorful gel pens in my pockets. I am an introvert, and loud social venues make me crabby. My husband and I enjoy Summit County, Colorado, and the lifestyle of the Rocky Mountain Ski Areas. I f you need advice on where to ski, my favorite bike trails, and places to hide from the tourists, write me.

The rest? Ahh, your life is yours, to squander, invest in, or take chances. Shut down your cell phone, turn off the TV, walk outside and look at this planet which spins ninety three - million miles from the sun. Don't forget to write.

My Blogs

My Poetry Blog  -  I wanted to become Poet Laureate of the United States, just like Robert Frost.This delusion has never vanished. My poems are diverse. Passion, politics, depression, my love of the outdoors, skiing, and even fiction poems. I've been writing poetry since I was ten.

My Bio Blog - This Blog chats about my life in Colorado, and the difficulty of opening your own Publishing House. I write about my Slovak heritage, and how I keep myself moving on the writer path. Writing a blog keeps me editing. Writer's block, when it takes over, is then easier to overcome. Thanks for reading and comments are appreciated. 

Click at the top of my website  to locate my blogs and read them.