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Author of "The Reindeer Keeper"-Yahoo's Christmas Book Club's 12/12 Pick of the Month and "The Snowman Maker."

Background Information

I grew up in the country. There were four houses in a row filled with relatives-aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, dogs, cats, and then my family too. My cousins and I had fields and pastures, creeks and barns to play and pretend in. Our focal point was an old chicken coop which the adults gutted and then filled with the remains of an abandoned one-room schoolhouse. This included desks, chalkboards, and boxes of books. If I wasn't reading books in that chicken coop by my favorite authors-Laura Ingalls Wilder and Louisa May Alcott-I was writing them-folding paper in half and using crayons to illustrate my words. No matter what the season that farmland and its natural props provided inspiration and the means through which young imaginations were free to soar-and soar they did!

One Christmas my grandfather made me a simple pine desk with a center drawer. When I opened the drawer and found a pad of lined paper with a #2 sharpened pencil waiting for me I knew I wanted to be a writer.

Encouraging this was the fact that my mother and grandfather were avid readers. Books surrounded me. After a hard day's work my grandfather would sit in his chair in the parlor of his old farmhouse and read Zane Grey novels and The Saturday Evening Post. My mother made frequent trips to a bookstore in our downtown-the kind of bookstore with small window panes and weathered shelves and tables that had probably been there for generations. I went with her whenever I could for I'd been bitten by the urge to write.



Birth Place
Ogdensburg, NY United States

. "The Reindeer Keeper"-Selected by Yahoo's Christmas Book Club as their December, 2012 Book of the Month.
. "The Reindeer Keeper"-Selected by Yonkers Riverfront Library Book Club as their December, 2012 Book of the Month.
. Short Story, "The Great Berry Pie Cook-Off" chosen by The Saturday Evening Post to appear on their website as part of their First Friday Fiction. June, 2014.
. Awarded Certificate of Success for Outstanding Achievement in Book Sales by Wheatmark Publishing, December, 2012.

Additional Information

. My short story, "In Anticipation of Doll Beds" was published 10/10 in the Chicken Soup for the Soul book entitled, "Christmas Magic." October, 2010 . My short story, "A Brown Boy of Our Own" was published in the Chicken Soup for the Soul book entitled, Family Caregivers" March 2013

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Barbara Briggs Ward
This site is centered around my Christmas story for adults. "The Reindeer Keeper" is a heartwarming story geared to anyone who can remember that feeling of truly believing in Santa Claus. Check my Blog and Book Trailers!

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