In her non-writing life Barbara has;
beaten AC/DC front man Bon Scott in a drumming competition (1963)
played the last train out of Perth 1978 (Fremantle line later re-opened),
and held 50metre breaststroke records at AUSSIE (45-50yr olds).
She's been a debt collector and a secretary amongst other collective nouns.
Barb has two adult children. Her son lives in Prague with his wife and three children, thus giving Barbara and her husbgand a glorious holiday destination with free accommodation. A locally based daughter and son-in-law makes sure she has people to spoil without an airfare being necessary.
Barbara likes nothing better than to tap away on the computer, creating characters worth remembering and hiding her's and other people's life experiences in the pages. She finds satisfaction in writing stories for readers to enjoy.
Barb is a member of Gosnells Writers Circle Inc. (PR Officer) www.gosnellswriterscircle.webs.com
Writefree Women's Group @ KSP Writing Centre.
1992 - Barb, in her HANNAH tartan
2013 - Barb at THE Hanging Rock
It's always encouraging to hear from readers: Life's Shadows:
"I absolutely loved some of your poems of which I was able to share with my beautiful grandmother at her 95th birthday in New Zealand last year.
.... heartfelt and truly inspiring writing that we thoroughly enjoyed."
DOORS OF PRAGUE
Received two encouraging rejections
I mean, they could have not replied at all. Instead their reply included compliments
... engaging, warm and well written
Maybe the next correspondant will say - needs work, but please find contracrt attached.
Doors of Prague
Ten months after Gillian's husband and four-year-old daughter are killed in a tragic accident, she feels everyone is still guarding their words and waiting for another breakdown.
She runs away to Prague.
On her daily wanderings she photographs many beautiful doors, and encounters people who share their stories and encourage Gillian to consider the saying of one door closing – another one opening.
Gillian's sadness is balanced with love in its many forms, a little humour and a smidgeon of romance.
Most of all, Doors of Prague is about hope and healing.
Lessons of the Universe with Imogene Constantne
Imogene was taught by her father that the world can be changed one person at a time, and
she should be vigilant in being part of the adventure.
In a series of stories, Imogene reveals herself a little at a time, while gathering new friends. She is a unique individual who responds to people she encounters in a quirky, eccentric, but reassuring way. Ever eager to guide her newly acquired friends through lessons which will enhance their life, Imogene reveals their weaknesses and their strengths.
Butterflies appear, teaching appreciation of time, and a blank jigsaw is given to a young lady to show that life sometimes fits together without a reason.
Imogene believes some days should be counted, and that material gain is not as important as love.
In the end, she remains true to the Lessons from the Universe and moves on to find new friends waiting for her guidance.
People come into each other’s lives for different reasons – Imogene just happens to have the ability to see a need and respond to it.
I like that in a person.
Imogene will share her ideals with readers towards the end of 2018.