About the Author
Barbara Outland Baker is an English Professor at Moorpark College in Southern California, as well as a freelance writer and author. She earned her B.A. in English from San Diego State University and her Secondary Credential and M.A. from California State University, Los Angeles. Barbara has written a speed reading textbook, Reading! The Success Formula, as well as co-authored Master Readingin collaboration with UCLA and R.E.A.D. She has written numerouspublished articles, covering subjects, such as tole painting, guidedimagery, and Jack LaLanne's healthful philosophy. With her 2003manuscript having captured the media's attention, Barbara enjoyedexposure through talk radio, print interviews, live television, andbiography shows, such as Inside Edition and E-True Hollywood. During her stint at San Diego State,this college coed met a man who invited her into his realm. At twenty-one, Barbara accepted his invitation to enter into the world ofbodybuilding to become the woman by Arnold Schwarzenegger's side. During his bodybuilding ascent and Hollywoodentrée, she knew this icon like no person could. The author spent sixyears dating and living with Mr. Olympia and another six writing hertale. She has produced an original, intimate, provocative true story. Although few compare to Arnold in evoking readers' interest, Barbara also has become an engaging character, one worth getting to know. Retiringfrom education in 2007, Barbara is enjoying the transition fromteaching writing to producing writing. She now resides in two states,as professor in Southern California and as looming retiree in Northern Dallas. She and her husband John now officially reside in McKinney, Texas, having exchanged the Golden Poppy for the Yellow Rose. They are joined by a California exodus of family members who have chosen to make the Lone Star State their next round in life's extraordinary journey.