About the Author

Barbara 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 and New Zealand, France, Germany, and Poland, Brazil and Hungary and many others.

Barbara loves olive oil and peaches, good ale and gardening, big dogs and all cats.  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 in April, 2012.  She loves to hear from readers and you may email her at  Barbara [at] BarbaraONeal [dot] com


About the Dogs in the books

Not every dog in every one of my books is a dog I know, but most are.

Elena’s dog Alvin, in The Lost Recipe for Happiness, is a very special friend of mine, Jack.

Merlin, in How to Bake a Perfect Life, has now moved to the great playground in the sky, but he was my brother’s dog for 16 years, and he really was a hobo and escape artist, and one of my favorite dogs of all time.