As a kid growing up in New Jersey I was considered eccentric. That didn't change as I got older. My mother used to call me her "gypsy daughter" because I was the only one of her five children who had wanderlust. True to my name, I became a world traveler. My love for traveling has taken me to many exotic lands: Tunisia, Israel, Egypt, Spain, Morocco, Portugal, Italy, Mexico, Greece, Istanbul, Germany, Hong Kong, Austria, France, Bermuda, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and my favorite, India.

I left New Jersey because I disliked cold and snow and lived in Florida and California for short periods of time. I finally settled in Scottsdale, Arizona. It's hard to imagine living anywhere else, especially because my son Greg, my daughter-in-law Kristin and my two grandchildren, Quinton and Linnéa live here. I also have a brother and sister residing in the area. Plus, I share my home with my rescued cat, India.

In 1991, I founded a non-profit organization: Kitty Love. It began as a small rescue group. Rescued cats were spayed or neutered and put up for adoption. During the following ten years, many other rescue groups formed to help tackle the pet overpopulation problem. Kitty Love, realizing that spaying and neutering was the most important answer to overpopulation, then evolved into a free and low-cost spay/neuter service open to everyone. In 2001, Kitty Love disbanded and Cat Nip & Tuck has taken over. Same program, different name.

In between all of this, I actually found time to write. My novels: Poppy, now titled Poppy, Angel of Love; The Gift; The Long and Short of Seven Cat Tails; Poppy, Angel of Peace; Child of the Sea and The Seed have been published. I hope you get a chance to read them.

You may contact me at: author@barbaralarriva.com. I'd love to hear from you.