Born in Southport, North Carolina, Barbara Arntsen moved with her family to Wilmington, NC at the age of six.
She graduated high school from New Hanover High and received a Bachelor of Science degree from Appalachian State University in Communication Arts. Arntsen spent two years in Europe after college before returning to the states and starting a family and career(s).
For almost a decade she worked as a supervisor and training coordinator for a biomedical company in Durham before launching her journalism career. Arntsen worked as a reporter for more than a decade before going into public relations work.
She lives in North Carolina, has two wonderful daughters and is currently working on her second Peri Mason mystery novel.