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Barbara Taylor Sissel


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At the heart of every crime, there's a family.... That fact is what drives Barbara's fiction. It's issue oriented, threaded with elements of suspense and defined by its particular emphasis on how crime effects families, the victim's family, the perpetrator's family. She indie published her first novel, The Ninth Step, in August of 2011 and she hasn't looked back since. The Volunteer came out in October of 2011 and in November 2011, The Last Innocent Hour, originally published by Panther Creek Press in trade paper was digitized for release as an indie e-book.

Currently Barbara is represented by the fabulous Barbara Poelle of the Irene Goodman Literary Agency and under contract with MIRA/Harlequin for Evidence of Life, which will make its print debut in April 2013, and a second novel that will appear in 2014.

Although she once lived on the grounds of a prison facility in Kentucky with her then prison warden husband, (A fact that might explain the nature of her writing.) she now resides near Houston, Texas. An avid gardener and reader, Barbara is the mother of two wonderful sons, who are an endless source of learning, laughter and joy.

Genres: Mystery, Romance
 
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