Barbara Barrett

Romance and Mystery

About Me (incl. Privacy Policy)

I changed my college major from Anthropology to American History when I discovered that field work didn’t include air-conditioned hotel rooms with Diet Coke in the fridge. But American History didn’t offer many career paths; you either made it or taught it, and since the latter required I also coach athletics, which wasn’t in my skill bank, I was out of luck there too. So I hitched my wagon to the wheels of government, and, like “the man who came to dinner,” stayed on for over three decades.

Launch party for my first book

Launch party for my first book

Cutting-edge legislation, essential public services, policy development. Those weren’t me.  No, I wound up in human resources analyzing jobs. And I loved it. Behind the usual complaints about their bosses, most people take pride in how they earn a living. Ask them a few basic questions about what they do, and you find yourself taking pages and pages of notes. More times than not, somewhere in that exchange, they tell you how unique their job is from all the others.

At the time, my job was to see the similarities in jobs so I could match individual positions with other jobs that were essentially the same. But in my writing, it’s the distinctions in what people do for a living that fascinate me and infiltrate my plots to the point of my main characters’ occupations almost becoming secondary characters.

I’m also an analyst at heart and by trade. That tendency is the backbone of the cozy mysteries I have now added to my repertoire.

On the personal front, I have a BA in American History from the University of Iowa and an MA in the same area from Drake University. I am married to the man I met in sensitivity training when we were both dormitory floor advisers at the University of Iowa.  We have two grown children and eight grandchildren. I am now a resident of Florida, where I live in the shadow of the Mouse. Part of the year, I also live in my home state of Iowa.

I am pleased to say I am a fifteen-year breast cancer survivor. Two years ago, I underwent surgery to replace my left knee. My right knee was replaced seven years ago. Besides the support of family and friends, the one thing that has kept me going throughout these experiences has been my writing.

I am a member of Romance Writers of America and three of its chapters.


Privacy Policy

This privacy policy has been completed to better serve those concerned with how their “Personally Identifiable Information” (PII) is being used online. PII, as described in US privacy law and information security, is information that can be used on its own or with other information to identify, contact, or locate a single person, or to identify and individual to contact. Please read this privacy policy carefully to get a clear understanding of how your Personally Identifiable Information is collected, used, protected or otherwise handled in accordance with this website.

What personal information is collected from people who visit this blog or website?
When commenting or registering on this site, as appropriate, you may be asked to enter your name, email address, website address or other details to help you with your experience.

When do is information collected?
Information is collected from you when you fill out a form or enter information on this site, including when you leave a comment.

How do is information used?
Information collected from you may be used when you sign up for my newsletter, respond to a survey or marketing communication, surf the website or use certain other site feature in the following ways:

• To send periodic emails regarding events, products and service.
• To follow up with you after correspondence (i.e. comments or email inquiries).

Are “cookies” used?
Yes. Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computer’s hard drive through your Web browser (if you allow) that enables the site’s or service provider’s system to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information. For instance, I used cookies to help me remember if you’ve already visited the site within a certain time period to prevent pop-up opt-in forms from showing too frequently. They are also used to help me understand your preferences based on previous or current site activity, which enables me to provide you with improved user experience on this site. I also use cookies to help compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interaction so that I can offer better experiences and tools in the future.

Cookies are used to:
Compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interactions in order to better site experiences and tools in the future. I may also use trusted third-party services, such as Google Analytics and Facebook, that tract this information on my behalf.

You can choose to have your computer warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you can choose to turn off all cookies. You do this through your browser settings. Since each browser is a little different, look at your browser’s Help Menu to learn the correct way to modify your cookies.

If you turn cookies off, it won’t affect the user’s experience.

Third-Party Disclosure
I do not sell, trade or otherwise transfer to outside parties your Personally Identifiable Information unless users are provided with advance notice. (See the cookie banner upon arrival at my site.) This does not include website hosting partners and other parties who assist me in operating my website, conducting my business, or serving my users, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. I may also release information when its release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce my site policies or protect others’ rights, property or safety.

However, non-personally identifiable visitor information may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising or other uses.

Third-Party Links
Occasionally, at my discretion, I may include or offer third-party products or services on my website. These third-party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. I therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, I seek to protect the integrity of my site and welcome feedback about these sites.

Google’s advertising requirements can be summed up by Google’s Advertising Principles. They are put in place to provide a positive experience for users.
The following has been implemented:
• Demographics and Interests Reporting
I, along with third-party vendors such as Google use first-party cookies (such as Google Analytics cookies) and third-party cookie (such as the DoubleClick cookie) or other third-party identifiers together to compile data regarding user interactions with ad impressions and other ad service functions as they relate to this website.

Opting out:
Users can set preferences for how Google advertises to you using the Google Ad Settings page. Alternatively, you can opt out by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative Opt Out page or by using the Google Analytics Opt Out Browser add on.

California Online Protection Act
CalOPPA is the first state law in the nation to require commercial websites and online services to post a privacy policy. The law’s reach stretches well beyond California to require any person or company in the United States (and conceivably the world) that operates websites collecting Personally Identifiable Information from California consumers to post a conspicuous privacy policy on its website stating exactly the information being collected and those individuals or companies with whom it is being shared. – See more at:

According to CALOPPA, I agree to the following:
Users can visit my site anonymously.
Once this policy is created, I will add a link to it on my home page or as a minimum, on the first significant page after entering my website. (This page is the Privacy Policy located in the menu on the top of every page on this site.)

My Privacy Policy link includes the word “Privacy” and can easily be found on the page(s) specified above.

You will be notified of any privacy policy changes:
• On my Privacy Policy Page.
Can change your personal information:
By selecting the Update Preferences link at the bottom of any all emails.
How does my site handle do not track signals?
I honor Do Not Track signals and Do Not Track, plant cookies or use advertising when a Do Not Track (DNT) browser mechanism is in place.

Does my site allow third-party behavioral tracking?
It’s, also imperative to note that I allow third-party behavioral tracking, including but not limited to Google Analytics, MailerLite and Facebook Pixel.

COPPA (Children Online Privacy Protection Act)
When it comes to the collection of personal information from children under the age of 13 years old, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) put parents in control. The Federal Trade Commission, United States’ consumer protection agency, enforces the COPPA Rule, which spells out what operators of websites and online services must do to protect children’s privacy and safety online.

• I do not specifically market to children under the of age of 13 years old.

Third parties, including ad networks or plug-ins may collect PII from children under 13 Fair Information Practices.

In order to be in line with Fair Information Practices I will take the following responsive action, should a data breach occur:

I will notify the user via in-site notification.

• Within 7 business days.

I also agree to the Individual Redress Principle which requires that individuals have the right to legally pursue enforceable rights against data collectors and possessors who fail to adhere to the law. The principle requires not only that individuals have enforceable rights against data users, but also that individuals have recourse to courts or government agencies to investigate and/or prosecute non-compliance by data processors.

Can SPAM Act
The CAN-SPAM Act is a law that sets rules for commercial email, establishes requirements for commercial messages, gives recipients the right to have emails stopped from being sent to them, and spells out penalties for violations.

I collect your email address in order to:

• Send information, respond to inquiries and/or other requests or questions.
• Market to my mailing list or continue to send emails to my clients after the original transaction occurred.

Note: Your email address is only collected when you fill out a form or leave a comment on this website. Cookies are used by WordPress (this site’s web host) and plugins that run on this website, including but not limited to Google Analytics, Mailerlite (pop-up), and Facebook Pixel, to personalize your experience on this site as well as to help personalize ads you receive on other sites where ads are already being shown. You can disable cookies in your browser setting to prevent this type of tracking.

To be in accordance with CANSPAM, we agree to the following:
• Not use false or misleading subjects or email addresses.
• Identify the message as an advertisement in some reasonable way.
• Include the physical address of my business or site headquarters.
• Monitor third-party email marketing service for compliance, if one is used.
• Honor opt-in/unsubscribe requests quickly.
• Allow users to unsubscribe by using the link at the bottom of each email.

If any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, you can:

Follow the instructions at the bottom of each email (Manage Preferences|Unsubscribe0, and I will promptly remove you from ALL correspondence.

User Data Request
To request your information that this site has collected, please enter your address in the box below, check the box to indicate your agreement, and click submit/send.

Contacting me
If there are any questions regarding this privacy policy, you may contact me using the information below:

Barbara Barrett
P.O. Box 470624
Kissimmee, FL 34747-0624


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