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, co-teacher of couples’ communications workshops with her family therapist husband, as well as publisher, editor, adjunct college professor, and—by far her biggest joy and challenge—being mother to four now grown children and grandma to five very lively grandchildren.
With family roots planted deep in New England history, she is a voracious reader of history, loves quilting, gardening, oil painting, travel, tracking genealogies, and prowling around in old graveyards and musty museums. Even though she has degrees in Theatre Arts and Advanced Accounting, and earned her M.A. in Humanities (emphasis: literature) from California State University in 1988,she insists that real life is far better preparation for writing than academia! (A good sense of humor helps, too!)
She is a member of Women Writing the West, and Western Writers of America, Inc.