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Barbara was born in San Diego, California, but basically was raised all over the United States; at least that's what it seemed like when she had to list the twenty-three schools she'd attended in her college application. Barbara and her sister and brother learned to adapt to new places. From East coast to West coast, they lived at the edge of the Dismal Swamp in North Carolina, fed the ducks in Fenway Park in Boston where Barbara went to Girls Latin School, and experienced their only hurricane in Charleston, South Carolina. They also lived in Tucson, Arizona, New York City, the San Diego area, and finally the Los Angeles and Orange county areas of California. Later, as an adult, Barbara spent time living in Nome, Alaska, which was a fantastic experience.
Some of those years have become part of Barbara's fictional characters' backgrounds.
Now that Barbara's retired after thirty-four years of teaching, she's excited by her new and growing career in writing. "Growing" hardly describes Barbara's leaps and bounds of recent achievements. Her novel A Breath Of Heather (the second book in her popular and best-selling Sons of Earth & Wind series) won First Place in the Paranormal, Time Travel, Fantasy category of the 2001 Orange Rose Award contest. Additionally, the book was named a finalist in both Affaire de Coeur's Reader-Writer poll and in the Daphne Du Maurier Award (Paranormal Category). Moreover, A Touch of Fire (the third book in the Sons of Earth & Wind series) was christened the winner of the 2001 Golden Quill Award in the paranormal romance category. The literary world, not to mention the voracious fans of paranormal romance, wonders why she didn't retire years earlier with the quality of product she continually produces. Indeed, in 2002, two of Barbara's novels—Dangerous Haven and Deserts Of The Heart—also became finalists in the 2002 Crystal Globe Awards, for Best Overall Romantic Fiction!
Additionally, Barbara also writes under the pseudonym April Reid when she wants to stretch her writing skills into the erotica genre. Readers will find the same quality in stories by "April" as they have come to expect in stories by "Barbara." The only difference is the stories will be more steamy and over-the-top. Always, they will be action-filled...in more ways than one.