Bio (printable)

Barbara Samuel

Barbara Samuel (O’Neal) fell in love with food and restaurants at the age of fifteen, when she landed a job in a Greek café and served baklava for the first time.  She sold her first novel in her twenties, and has since won a plethora of awards, including two Colorado Book Awards and six prestigous RITAs, including one for THE LOST RECIPE FOR HAPPINESS in 2010.  Her novels have been published widely in Europe and Australia, and she travels internationally, presenting workshops, hiking hundreds of miles, and of course, eating.   She lives with her partner, a British endurance athlete, and their collection of cats and dogs, in Colorado Springs.

At a Glance

  • Barbara Samuel has been writing novels of various sorts for two decades, collecting six RITAs, two Colorado Book Awards, Favorite Book of the Year from Romance Writers of America, and dozens of others.
  • Her work is published in several distinct genres and pseudonyms:
  • Under Barbara Samuel, she has published 5 novels of women’s fiction, published by Ballantine Books, and 7 novels of historical fiction, published by Harper/Avon.  Three of those novels have also won the RITA award.
  • Samuel is a devoted long-distance walker who has hiked the Camino de Santiago in Spain and to the top of Pikes Peak in her hometown of Colorado Springs.

For more information about Barbara O’Neal, visit her website