Barbara Samuel

Author

Barbara Samuel (also known as Barbara O’Neal) is the bestselling author of more than 40 novels. Her recent titles include The Lost Recipe for Happiness, and How to Bake a Perfect Life, a Target Club Pick. Her books have been translated into many languages, including Polish, Turkish and Chinese, a fact she finds dazzling. She is a two-time Colorado Book Award winner, a member of the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame, and a 7-time RITA award winner. She is also regular blogger at Writer Unboxed, and teaches writing around the world—anywhere they’ll have her. BarbaraSamuel.com. @barbaraoneal.

From The Writers' Room

Madeleine Robins on writing Whitehall Episode 8: “Ambitions Which Climb Upwards”

One of my favorite books is Jane Eyre, and one of my favorite lines in it comes when Jane confronts Rochester, who has been playing merry hob with her emotions: "Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, that I am soulless and heartless?" The answer, of course, is absolutely not.

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New Episode! Whitehall Ep 8: “Ambitions Which Climb Upwards”

Even amidst the swirl of court intrigue, the residents of Whitehall keep their eyes on the prize–and the throne.

From The Writers' Room

Barbara Samuel on writing Whitehall Episode 7: “Imperfect Enjoyment”

The best part of writing historical fiction is the happy accidents that always, always arise. At the start, the work of bringing the past alive begins with world-building—who was there and where did they live and how did they dress and what was on the table. In Whitehall, that world is the Restoration, and it’s a juicy era no matter what angle you examine it from.

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New Episode! Whitehall Episode 7: “Imperfect Enjoyment”

A delegation from Muscovy sets Whitehall awhirl with ambassadors from the East and their exotic gifts. But while Catherine seeks solace in her faith, others find comfort in more recklessly carnal pleasures.

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New Episode! Whitehall Episode 6: “Divine Passion”

When it comes to the theater, sometimes the audience holds more drama than the stage.

Just For Fun

Whitehall: Illustrated

Whitehall is almost back from hiatus and we are celebrating by sharing with you some exquisite illustrations done by the amazingly talented Kristin Kwan! Feast your eyes on these drawings of Catherine, Barbara, Charles and more.

Meet The Character

Meet The Character: Jenny of Whitehall

All of our Serial Box serials have such dynamic casts that we thought it was high time we got to know some of them a bit more personally. To that end, we are very excited to kick off a new feature here on The Back of The Box: Meet the Character!

Just For Fun

Follow British Royalty Through the Ages with this Bounty of Great Historical Fiction

Has Whitehall whet your appetite for more historical fiction about British royals? Check out this round-up of the best historical fiction set in period England!

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Deleted Scenes: Whitehall Episode 2, Skilled Artifice

The cutting room floor: a place of wonders only writers and editors can wander - and now you! Behold this deleted scene from Episode 2 of Whitehall, shared with us more generously by "Skilled Artifice" writer Mary Robinette Kowal.

Just For Fun

Surviving the Whitehall Hiatus with Royal Dignity

So, as you may have heard, our historical drama, WHITEHALL, is on hiatus until July 13th. The serial will be back soon, and full of the drama, romance, and mystery you’ve loved in the first five episodes. But what’s a royal reader to do during this wait? Here are a few suggestions.

A Bowl of Questions

A Bowl of Questions with the esteemed Barbara Samuel

Meet Barbara Samuel and her wonderful crew of writing personas: the Girls in the Basement.

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New Episode! Whitehall Episode 5: “The Rules of the Game”

Changes at court reflect the nation’s own transformation as new faces and sleeping arrangements upset the status quo.

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