About the Author
Barbara Underwood was born and raised in Sydney, Australia; the only child of German migrants who provided a rich and diverse childhood environment. Already in third grade she wrote a short children's book for a class project and realized that she was deeply satisfied with creating stories. In sixth grade, for another class project, her teacher was so impressed by the lengthy story she submitted, that he commented at the end "I see we are going to have another author".
Over the years Barbara kept writing one thing or another, but only as a hobby while she pursued other interests and goals. In the 1990s, she completed a correspondence course in professional writing, doing it in her spare time after work. This led to having a few short stories published, but what she really wanted to do was write a proper novel.
At this time, Barbara had travelled extensively and gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in subjects that held special appeal for her, namely ancient history, myths and legends (such as Atlantis, the builders of megaliths around the world), folklore (the belief that a god-like race gave mankind its technology), human psychology and the culture of other countries. What better subject for her first novel than to combine all these elements into one big adventure!
Rhuna has become a series! The sequel to "Rhuna, Keeper of Wisdom" is now available in Kindle format, and the paperback version will follow soon. The second book is entitled "Rhuna: Crossroads" and is set in Ancient Egypt. There will be several more books in the series, and you can learn more at the new website: http://www.rhunafantasybooks.com
Press Release - August 2014
Barbara Underwood debuts with spellbinding fantasy fiction
New novel follows adventures of young heroine with extraordinary gift
TUMUT, Australia - Barbara Underwood marks her debut in the world of fantasy fiction with the spellbinding novel, "Rhuna, Keeper of Wisdom" (published by Xlibris AU). Underwood's first book features a cast of richly drawn characters and compelling storytelling that will rivet readers from beginning to end.
The story is set in an idyllic utopian society, not unlike the Atlantis of myth, and follows the adventures of the title character, Rhuna. A series of extraordinary events unfold after the young girl discovers the startling truth about her father and the enemy that caused his demise known as The Dark Master. As Rhuna struggles with her newfound discovery, her beloved homeland is thrust into chaos, threatened by her father's old nemesis. In the midst of the unfolding cataclysm, Rhuna must find her extraordinary destiny and the courage to stop The Dark Master from destroying everything and everyone that she loves.