Barbara Oliverio


Barbara Oliverio is the daughter of Italian immigrants who grew up with a love of books and a passion for learning. She lives in suburban Denver where she and her husband enjoy good food, travel, and disputing pro football (Go Steelers!). She has been a teacher, journalist, and marketer, and writes for everything from periodicals to the Web.

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
I outline the story and create “personas” for each of my characters. After I interview each of the personas, I start to tell their story. Sometimes my characters lead me in their own paths and I let them – and the story is better – and sometimes I have to take them back to my original plan.
How much of YOU makes it into your characters?
In my debut novel, the main character has a fleeting resemblance to me and many of the other characters have inherited my turn of phrase, otherwise they are composites of people I have known through the years.
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Love on the Lido Deck: A Nautical Romantic Comedy
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 72,180. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Sharp-witted, always-organized Keira Graham has traded in her high tech career as a systems analyst for the whirlwind world of event planning. As she builds up her fledgling business, she learns that her widowed mother has news of her own -- a serious gentleman caller! Is Keira ready for mom’s new romance?
Love on the Back Burner
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 74,680. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Youngest in a tight-knit Italian-American family, sassy Alexandria D'Agostino is successful in marketing and cooking, but her romantic life is less than 4-star. She dishes up childhood favorites to a succession of first dates (recipes included). With advice from her best girlfriend, loyal coworkers, and her loving family, will Alexandria discover the recipe for happiness -- and perhaps love?

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