First published in her teens, Barbara Dan has enjoyed a variety of life experiences including working as an actress, model, night club comedienne, singer/dancer, comedy writer, puppeteer, theatrical producer in Hollywood, screenwriter, publicist, fund-raiser, real estate saleswoman, hands-on builder of houses, escrow officer, school teacher, couples' communications workshop coach with her family therapist husband, as well as publisher, editor, adjunct college professor, and-by far her biggest joy- being mother of four now grown children, grandma to five grandchildren, and great-grandmother (thus far!) of three toddlers.
A voracious reader of history, she enjoys quilting, gardening, oil painting, travel, tracking genealogies, and prowling around in old graveyards and musty museums while doing research for her next historical novel. She is a member of Women Writing the West and Western Writers of America, Inc.
Besides degrees in Theatre Arts and Advanced Accounting, she earned her M.A. in Humanities (emphasis: Literature) from California State University in 1988, but feels that life experience is the most valuable tool any writer (or artist) brings to his or her work. (A good sense of humor helps, too!)