Barbara Underwood


Barbara Underwood was born and raised in Sydney, Australia; the only child of German migrants who provided a rich and diverse childhood environment. Already in third grade she wrote a short children's book for a class project and realized that she was deeply satisfied with creating stories. In sixth grade, for another class project, her teacher was so impressed by the lengthy story she submitted, that he commented at the end "I see we are going to have another author".
Over the years Barbara kept writing one thing or another, but only as a hobby while she pursued other interests and goals. In the 1990s, she completed a correspondence course in professional writing, doing it in her spare time after work. This led to having a few short stories published, but what she really wanted to do was write a proper novel.
At this time, Barbara had travelled extensively and gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in subjects that held special appeal for her, namely ancient history, myths and legends (such as Atlantis, the builders of megaliths around the world), folklore (the belief that a god-like race gave mankind its technology), human psychology and the culture of other countries. What could be a better subject for her novels than to combine all these elements into one big adventure!

Where to find Barbara Underwood online


The Celebration (The Rhuna Tales Book 2)
Price: Free! Words: 9,960. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
A Fantasy Christmas-style short story to complement the full-length novel series, Rhuna: A Quest for Ancient Wisdom.
Rhuna, The Snow Dreamer - Book 5 of A Quest for Ancient Wisdom
Price: $2.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 77,740. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Rhuna travels to the Land at the Top of the World, but her journey to seek help from Masters living on a higher plane is fraught with peril. A frightening entity called a tulpa, created from concentrated imagination, is determined to kill her before she reaches her goal. Did the Dark Master survive Rhuna's attempt to destroy him, and is he after revenge by controlling this murderous tulpa?
The Summer Sojourn from The Rhuna Tales
Price: Free! Words: 12,430. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
In this short novella complementing the full-length novel series, Rhuna attends a special school on a lovely Pacific island, and during the summer break, she visits a nearby island where she mingles with the native residents. Everything appears fine on the surface until one terrifying night in which Rhuna and her group must flee from the island or be killed in a brutal uprising.
Rhuna, The Star Child
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 93,110. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(5.00 from 1 review)
Set in mystical Ancient Egypt, Rhuna faces new challenges as the Dark Master's followers develop Dark Magic, and her own daughter falls in love with their leader. Rhuna's exceptional powers, enhanced by the power of the Great Pyramid, has so far protected the Atlan people from the influence of the Dark Master, but has she now been compromised?
Rhuna, Keeper of Wisdom
Price: Free! Words: 117,230. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
(5.00 from 1 review)
In the distant past, when a utopian civilization built the pyramids and other megalithic structures using magical powers, a young girl named Rhuna learns the truth about her father and the enemy that caused his demise. The idyllic civilization in which she flourishes and finds love is threatened by this old nemesis, and only Rhuna possesses the special inherited skills to stop him.