Barbara O’Neal is also Barbara Samuel who is also Ruth Wind. Why all the different pseudonyms? Publishing people do this for a variety of reasons, but one I can think of right off hand with O’Neal/Samuel/Wind is that she writes different kinds of novels under different names. Wind is her romance aka. Samuel is women’s fiction. And O’Neal seems to be dipping into a bit more magical realism. But that’s just a guess on my part. I think it would be kind of fun to have the various monikers. Waking up every day thinking “What writing hat will I put on today?” And just let me add that she’s an absolutely brilliant writer wearing any of her hats.