Barbara Woster is an educator, author, and business owner; but none of that would have become a reality had her dad, another author, and a childhood friend, not changed her destiny.
At the age of 14, a friend of hers got to playing a little too rough at the bus stop one morning. He decided that it would be fun to pick her up and swing her around, until she couldn't walk straight. She was wearing high heels that day, so when he finally finished spinning her, and dropped her, one of those heels landed on a rock. The result was devastating. Her kneecap was displaced and broken. The resulting shard lodged in her joint, making it impossible to stand. Prior to this moment, she had been a runner and won numerous medals in tournaments. Little did she know she would never run again.
After undergoing surgery, she was laid up in bed for an entire year. The only things she had to entertain herself with were books. In particular, Harlequin Romance. Why those? There were an inexpensive entertainment that her mother thought she would enjoy. One day, her father stopped in and saw all the romance books strewn across the bed and left, without a word. Within five minutes he was back. He tossed a book onto her lap and said, "You need to broaden your reading horizons." He placed a kiss on her forehead and left again.
The book lying on her lap? Iceberg by Clive Cussler. She'd never heard of this author, nor was familiar with his works, but she knew that her dad, an avid reader also, wouldn't hand her something not worth reading. She opened to the first page and was immediately engrossed in the story of intrigue. Dirk Pitt became her ideal hero.
That day, she fell in love with the written word. She would never run again, but she had found a new passion.
When she began writing, she decided to take events from her life and transform them into elaborate stories. It was an exercise in catharticism. Later, her children and husband offered an endless supply of ideas, both deliberate and inadvertent. Their input and support is why all of her books are dedicated to them, with much love.
Today, she own and operate a state-licensed daycare facility and writes as often as time affords. To date, she has written over a dozen titles.
Additionally, she writes using the names B. Woster and B.J. Woster, to distinguish between genres.