Barbara Bentley grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, in a middle-class, blue collar town. She graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Marketing and
was the Outstanding Undergraduate of the Business School at Golden Gate University in 1986. Her new degree allowed her to advance in the Quality
Assurance arena and she retired after a thirty-nine year career. She now enjoys writing full time.
When Bentley decided to write A DANCE WITH THE DEVIL to help others, she didn't realize the story was not complete and that, with passion, planning,
patience and persistence, she would go on to change the no-fault divorce law of California. What she did realize was that she needed to learn how to write.
She read books, joined writing organizations, and attended writing workshops.
Bentley willingly shares her experience whenever the opportunity arises. She is a motivational speaker who has spoken to audiences numbering from ten to
five hundred for such diverse organizations as the American Association of University Women, Soroptimists, the International Women’s Writing Guild, St.
Mary’s University, Children’s Advocacy Program and Diablo Valley College and presented a workshop titled "From Victim to Victor" for an all day
women's seminar titled “Dream It, Do It.”
Bentley’s story generates public interest and was featured on the 2003 Lifetime Television show FINAL JUSTICE hosted by Erin Brockovich. On June 7,
2009, she was featured on DATELINE NBC and her hour segment was called "The Years of Living Dangerously." Her story has also been filmed by a
Canadian production company for THE DEVIL YOU KNOW series and a Washington, DC, company for the WHO THE BLEEP DID I MARRY
SERIES. The shows air periodically.
Bentley believes she is one person who can make a difference. It is only by continuing exposure of the psychopath’s techniques that the public can protect
themselves from becoming another victim. Bentley could never have imagined her recovery would be so hard won, or that a psychopath would be so hard to
Bentley lives on the West Coast with her husband of sixteen years, and their cat Sierra. She and her husband are award-winning home wine and label
makers who have a passion for travel and photography. You can learn more about their wine hobby and Barbara's award winning wine labels, along with
travel photos, and wine poetry at www.bentleycellars.com .
A Little Bit About Barbaraa
Sierra loves to hang out in
the IN basket on my
writing desk. We named
her Sierra because we
rescued her from the
Sierra foothills and her
fur features the gray of
the mountain granite and
the gold of the Mother
|Five photos from events in
the book A DANCE WITH
THE DEVIL: A TRUE
STORY OF MARRIAGE
TO A PSYCHOPATH
|Copyright 2013, Barbara Bentley. All rights reserved. No contents can be used without permission from the author.