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Barbara Taylor Sissel was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and grew up in a number of different cities and states mostly in the Midwest. She attended college in Texas and worked an eclectic collection of jobs from department store fashion model and flight attendant, to chair side dental assistant, admin assistant/personnel manager and a few others in between. She once lived with her family in Kentucky, in the Appalachian foothills, on the grounds of a first offender prison facility, where she interacted with the inmates and their families and was privileged to hear their stories that were difficult and heartrending and yet very often hopeful. It was several years later, after leaving there, when she was able to pursue a lifelong dream of writing, and not surprisingly, each one of her novels is a reflection of her prison experience. The focus of the stories is not crime per se, but how quickly and irrevocably lives can be altered in one single, shattering moment of misjudgment and how difficult it then is for family members to find their way back onto solid ground.
Her novels include:
EVIDENCE OF LIFE, 2013 (Harlequin/MIRA)
THE VOUNTEER, 2012
THE NINTH STEP, 2011
A second, as-yet untitled novel from Harlequin/MIRA will publish in 2014.
An avid gardener and reader, as well as the mother of two grown sons, Barbara currently resides near Houston, Texas.