PhotobucketBarbara O’Neal (aka Barbara Samuel) has written a number of highly acclaimed novels, including How To Bake A Perfect Life, a Target Club Pick, and The Lost Recipe for Happiness, which won the RITA in 2010, bringing her total number of RITA awards to six. Her books have been sold to Italy, Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, and Poland.

Barbara loves olive oil, peaches, good ale, gardening and all big dogs. She’s also a long distance walker who traveled a portion of the Camino de Santiago Compestela in 2010, and hopes to return to walk the rest in the near future.

She often blogs about her cooking experiments, her travels, and the writing life at www.awriterafoot.com. A native of Colorado, she now lives on the skirts of Pikes Peak with her partner, a British endurance athlete, and four animals who convinced her they needed rescue.

Her next book, THE GARDEN OF HAPPY ENDINGS will be released by Bantam books in mid-April 2012.