Barbara J. Rebbeck is a teacher and writer who lives in Royal Oak, Michigan. She has degrees from Eastern Michigan University and Oakland University in French and English. She has published poetry, fiction, and professional articles, and her novel, NOLA Gals. She has also adapted her novel as a play, Turbulence. In 2017 she will be Writer-in Residence for both the Beverly Hills Academy and Hazel Park Junior High School. She is a past-president of the Michigan Council of Teachers of English and a former Director of the Oakland Writing Project. She especially likes to get her students excited about writing about their own lives.
Barb’s father was born in London, England so she loves to visit there as often as possible. Her dad always said she was more British than he was. She has been to England for very special events such as the royal wedding of William and Catherine and the Queen’s Jubilee where she could be found in the crowds along the streets. She has a huge collection of British royalty china and figurines from the era of Queen Victoria through little Prince George. She loves going to the theater and is also a movie buff. She is very interested in the history of her family; the Brits on her dad’s side and the French on her mom’s side. But her favorite time of all is spent with her many nieces and nephews. She recently adopted a little kitty named Gracie-Willow. Sound familiar? Yep, she named her after her character Grace, one of the NOLA Gals.