Barbara Sibbald


I make my living as a medical editor, but find my life in writing fiction.

Following an itinerant childhood (fuel for fiction) as an air force “brat,” and a brief foray into the (dubious) joys of country life (think of Eva Gabor in Green Acres), I’ve spent most of my adult life building my personal community in Ottawa, Ontario where I’ve raised my son and a whole crop of great friends.

I’m gainfully employed as a medical editor four days a week, but in the wee hours of the morning, every Friday and sporadically on the weekend (life’s busy) you’ll find me delving into totally unscientific territory of fiction writing. I have recently completed my second novel: The Book of Love: Guidance in Affairs of the Heart.

My first novel, Regarding Wanda (Bunkhouse Book, 2006), was short-listed for the Ottawa Book award in 2007.

I have published twelve short stories: two in anthologies, The Company We Keep (BushekBooks, 2005) and Winning Shorts (General Store Publishing House, 1995), and ten others in literary journals such as Shift, The Capilano Review, Antigonish Review, Canadian Fiction and The New Quarterly.

My journalism has garnered numerous awards including the Canadian Association of Journalist’s Investigative Journalism prize in 2005, two citations of merit from the Michener Award for meritorious public service journalism, and three golds in the Canadian Business Press, Kenneth R. Wilson Memorial Awards. Quel fun!

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The Book of Love
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 74,010. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
With The Book of Love: Guidance in Affairs of the Heart, Ottawa-based novelist Barbara Sibbald melds literary fiction with self-help in an intelligent look at romantic love. The story follows three thirty-something friends through the sordid singles scene, cheating spouses and lackluster marriages — spun with a refreshing optimism.

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