Barbara Masterton was born and educated in Weymouth (Dorset, England) and later attended Poole College of Art. She was married at twenty to an accountant. Now retired, her husband is a former City Treasurer of Newcastle. She has five children, all married. Whilst they were young she wrote novels for her own interest, as a form of escapism, keeping her work under the bed in a wooden box known as “Mum’s Coffin”. When at the age of forty-one, her fifth child arrived, she tore up all her manuscripts, believing she would never have another opportunity to write. How wrong she was... Barbara now lives in Tyne and Wear. Other works: Island of Glass, Late Harvest, Orbs of Jade, Mrs Milsent's Daughter, Oils in Water. Genre: psychological novel, drama, romance. Favourite hobbies: painting and reading.