Barbara Hambly was born in a Naval Hospital of San Diego, California. She grew up in Montclair (in southern California), except for one high school semester spent in New South Wales, Australia. Besides the usual compliment of parents, she has an older sister (Mary), and younger brother (Ed). She attended University of California at Riverside, specialising in Medieval History and eventually earning a Masters’ degree in 1975. She also spent time in Bordeaux, France as part of her studies.
Originally published in 2004 and now back by popular demand in 2009, Barbara's first foray into "straight" romance, a contemporary romance novella (also classified as "spooky" and "occult"!), called Someone Else's Shadow is available for you to enjoy all over again.
Barbara was President of the Science Fiction Writers of America (1994-1996), has been a Locus award winner, and a multiple Nebula award nominee, and Guest of Honor at many conventions over the years. She has admitted to not being good with titles for books (perhaps The Quirinal Hill Affair would not be out of print today if her original title idea, The Baby Eaters, had stuck). She enjoys many non-writing hobbies, including karate (she holds a black belt in Shotokan Karate), dancing, painting, historical and fantasy costuming (something she's enjoyed since high school), tarot card reading, and the occasional bout of carpentry.
Currently, Barbara lives in Los Angeles, with cats, lizards, and two "of the cutest Pekinese in the world." Her mother might add that she takes care of said dogs when Barbara goes on vacation.