Barbara Anne Syassen resides in Australia with her family. She has worked in the areas of Natural Therapies and Red Cross voluntary work for children with disabilities. She now works in Disability Care, and along with her family also runs a business called Do Good Lifestyle, which involves aromatherapy, massage, yoga, art products and writing children's books. As a child she spent time in her mother's homeland Hula, PNG ( a place in the Pacific) where she was surrounded by nature and this formed the underlying basis of her books, which focus on connecting young readers with nature and encouraging positive thinking. They have been donated internationally to UNICEF, to schools in Australia, Nepal, the Pacific especially Papua New Guinea, and will in future be donated to more charities and educational organisations. In 2013 her first book "The Tree That Talks" received a positive review from The US Review of Books, and a Gold Award for Literary Excellence from Trafford Publishing.