Barbara has one son and two grandchildren. She also holds a diploma in childcare and worked for a short time looking after four three-year-olds in her home. From an early age, she had a special affinity with young children and feels this forms a large part of her purpose in this life.

Barbara has worked in information technology for most of her career.

Only recently, after having had her job outsourced to India by a large Australian corporation, has she decided to venture into, not only writing books to tell the stories that have always been inside of her, waiting to be told, but also reigniting her creative side by using crafts learned in her youth.

Barbara has lived in Melbourne, Australia since 1977, having moved there on her own at quite a young age from her native New Zealand.