Barbara Dan's Historical Romance Novels

With family roots deeply planted in New England history, Barbara Dan spent her formative years in Upper Montclair , New Jersey ; Fairfax , Virginia ; and Glen Ellyn , Illinois .

Barbara DanFirst published in her teens, Barbara Dan admits to enjoying a varied series of life experiences, including working as an actress, model, night club comedienne, singer/dancer, comedy writer, puppeteer, a theatrical producer in Hollywood, screenwriter, publicist, fund-raiser, real estate saleswoman, hands-on builder of houses, escrow officer, co-teacher of couples communication workshops with her family therapist husband, as well as publisher, editor, adjunct college professor and—by far her biggest joy and challenge—being mother to four now grown children and grandma to five very lively grandchildren.

Besides degrees in Theatre Arts and Advanced Accounting, she earned her M.A.in Humanities (emphasis: literature) from California State University-Dominguez Hills in 1988.

When her wanderlust poet of a brother, Alan Scott MacDougall, dared her to write a “bodice ripper” about pirates and trade routes between England , the American colonies, “adding, Oh, by the way throw in a Russian Cossack!”— Barbara was more than up for the challenge. In Connecticut at the time, she spent a couple of months at the Mystic Seaport Maritime Library taking notes, then returned home to Las Vegas to write her first historical romance, Fair Winds to Muscovy in 1989. She sold it in six weeks to a New York publisher, which—alas!—went bankrupt before it was published.

Already extremely busy running multi-genre writers’ workshops and critique groups, Barbara continued to write historical novels for her husband’s and her own amusement.

In 1992 her Western romance, Silent Rage of Angels, won the Colorado RWA’s “Best Historical Novel” Award in their “Heart of the Rockies Contest.”

Because she was busy promoting a line of self-help inspirational books for Eden Publishing, and traveling to trade shows all over the U.S. , she delayed marketing her own work, hoping that eventually she would get around to sharing her highly imaginative, humorous historical romance novels with a wider readership.  

In 2005 her husband finally told her, “It’s time to get all those hot, steamy romance novels out of your filing cabinet and find an agent!” Taking his suggestion, she contacted an agent, who promptly sold O’ROURKE’S BRIDE, a rollicking romance about silver mines, lumberjacks and the American theatre in 1864, to Kensington Books, which also bought MacGREGOR’S BRIDE, a lively wartime romance between a handsome sea captain and his sex-starved war bride during the War of 1812.

Currently she makes her home in Caldwell, Idaho , where she divides her time between gardening, oil painting, quilting, and research for her next historical novel.

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