Inverness-based Barbara Henderson writes predominantly for children and is the author of historical novels historical novels Fir for Luck, Punch, Black Water and The Siege of Caerlaverock, as well as eco-thriller Wilderness Wars. (all available from Cranachan Publishing.) She is a book columnist for Highland News & Media.
Her energetic school visits are increasingly taking her across the length and breadth of Scotland, and sometimes beyond. As a Drama teacher, she loves to get young people on their feet as they respond to stories.
‘Writing is like magic,’ she says. ‘I see something in my imagination, and I try to write it down as best I can. Young readers see these black marks on white paper and suddenly they see something too, feel something of their own. I cannot think of anything more special than that.’
She shares her home with three teenage children, one long-suffering husband and a scruffy Schnauzer. Her garden always ends up a wilderness, however hard she tries.