|She attended the University of California and spent one year at the University of Bordeaux in France. After obtaining a Master's Degree in medieval history|
She grew up in Southern California, with the exception of one high-school semester spent in New South Wales, Australia. Her interest in fantasy began with reading The Wizard of Oz at an early age and has continued ever since.
At various times in her life, Barbara Hambly has been a high-school teacher, a model, a waitress, a technical editor, a professional graduate student, an all-night clerk at a liquor store, and a karate instructor (She holds a black belt in Shotokan Karate).
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