Young graduated with a double major in English and linguistics at Northeastern Illinois University. Young chose linguistics to pursue her interest in turning thought into language and the possibilities of communication with other life forms. While studying Young was exposed to science fiction and fantasy, which led to her finding the Dungeons and Dragons hobby. Although she is now retired, Young still occasionally accepts freelance editing and web content consultant work.
- Uncredited (May 1987). “TSR Profiles: Barbara G. Young”. In Roger E. Moore ed. Dragon #121 (TSR, Inc.), p. 83.