Barbara Briggs Ward grew up in the country surrounded by relatives and a backdrop made for inspiring a young imagination. Barbara and her cousins were constantly playing in their chicken coop clubhouse filled with the remains of an abandoned one-room schoolhouse.
It was in that clubhouse where Barbara read her favorite authors including Louisa May Alcott and Laura Ingalls Wilder - and began writing her own little stories. When Barbara’s grandfather made her "most favorite Christmas present ever" - a simple pine desk with a single drawer which held a pad of lined paper and a #2 pencil - she knew she wanted to be a writer.
Barbara began writing for children. Her first short story was published in Highlights for Children. She is the author/self-taught illustrator of the Snarly Sally picture book series and illustrated “The Brain Reigns” plus “And Then There Was Hope” for the New York State Office of Mental Health.
The Christmas Trilogy
Barbara's writing took a turn in October, 2010 when she published, "The Reindeer Keeper", a heartwarming story of family and Christmas geared to adults, chosen by both Yahoo's Christmas Book Club Group and Yonkers Riverfront Library Book Club as their 2012 December Book of the Month. Because of readers asking for the storyline to continue, Barbara released “The Snowman Maker” in 2013 and “The Candle Giver” in 2015.
"There is a plan for each of us. Getting there requires believing."
Barbara's short stories and articles have appeared in 3 Chicken Soup for the Soul books, Ladies' Home Journal, McCall's and Highlights for Children as well as being featured at Target Book Festivals in Boston & NYC. Read on to learn more about all her accomplishments.
2012 "The Reindeer Keeper" is chosen by both the Yahoo's Christmas Book Club & the Riverfront Library Book Club in Yonkers as their December Book of the Month.
2013 "The Snowman Maker", the story of Christmas and a family evolving after discovering a collection of handmade snowmen Christmas ornaments stored away in an old cardboard box, is released.
2014 - 2015 Barbara's short story, "The Great Berry Pie Cook-Off", is published on The Saturday Evening Post's website. "The Candle Giver", a most magical Christmas story, is released.
2017 - 2018 "A Robin's Snow", a soft mystery, is released. In October, 2018, Barbara's short story, "Sleigh Bells Ring Again," earns 1st place in Fiction category in Jefferson Community College's Annual Writing Competition.
2019 "The Tin Cookie Cutter" — a story of believing, family & hope sprinkled with a touch of Christmas wonder — is released in October.
2021 Barbara's short story "The Kitchens" earns 3rd place in the Saturday Evening Post's Annual Great American Fiction Contest.
2022 Barbara's latest book, "Velvet Snowflakes", is released.