Barbara Oliverio

Biography

Award-Winning Author Barbara Oliverio is the daughter of Italian immigrants and a real coal miner’s daughter. She grew up in West Virginia with a love of reading and a passion for learning. Following a career path that included being a teacher, journalist, and marketer, she has lived as far away from home as Italy where she practiced her family's native tongue and took advantage of living near other European countries to travel extensively.

Her life-long joy in writing has culminated in novels that focus on young Catholic women in a positive light. Readers of all backgrounds have fallen in love with her charming characters who come from close-knit Catholic families who live out their faith.

She is also a freelance editor, professional book critic, and mentors blossoming writers on their own paths.

A rabid Pittsburgh Steeler fan, she lives with her husband, an equally committed New York Giants fan, outside Orlando where off-football-season dinner conversation is calmer and is usually accompanied by a meal she cooks from one of her mother's treasured recipes. Other interests include New York Times crossword puzzles, good movies, and travel.

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.
Read more of this interview.

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Books

Peak to Peak: A Romantic Comedy with Altitude
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 79,570. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Having lost her parents as a baby, Romie Costas was raised in an exclusive convent boarding school high. When a global conglomerate threatens to close her school and evict the nuns, she takes matters into her own hands.
Game On: A Romantic Comedy that Scores
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,050. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
Beautiful Maisie finally gets her big chance to move to the nation’s biggest market in her dream job as a sports reporter– if only she’ll make a professional compromise. Should Maisie do whatever it takes to get the job, or stay true to her values?
Passports and Plum Blossoms: An International Romantic Comedy
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 74,260. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Annalise Fontana is feeling blue with no job and no boyfriend. So what could be more enticing than the opportunity to serve as a companion to her elderly Auntie Lil on a senior citizens’ tour of China? Her trip comes alive when she meets a mysterious, brooding stranger who seems to pop up on the streets of Singapore, in Beijing’s Forbidden City, and stays on her mind at the Great Wall of China.
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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