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Barbara Chamberlain Photo: Elizabeth Miklavcic

Barbara Chamberlain has published The Jaden Steele Mystery Series, set in the Monterey Bay area. The first is A Slice of Carmel and the second Jaden Steele Mystery, Slash and Turn. She is currently working on The Sword of Smuggler’s Point, set in Big Sur, the third book in the series. The idea for the series came when she was working at the library in Carmel. Her juvenile fantasy, The Flight of Alpha I, won a national prize. This book and the mystery series are all available on Amazon and Kindle. Barbara’s short story, Mall Santa, is included in A Miracle Under the Christmas Tree. She won first place in the juvenile/young adult category of the Writers Digest Competition for her original fable set in Okinawa, A Bowl of Rice and her short story won first place in the Northern California Pen Women 2011 literary contest. Rockin’ Folktales is Barbara’s CD of adapted Middle Eastern stories.

Her first novels, Ride the West Wind and The Prisoner’s Sword, were reprinted in 2011. They are the stories of Quakers coming to America with William Penn. The young adult books were named Recommended Reading by the National Council of Teachers of English. Barbara has taught storytelling and creative writing classes. The University of California at Santa Cruz awarded Barbara a bachelor’s degree, and she received her Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from San Jose University. She was president of Norcal, the Northern California association of the National League of American Pen Women.