At an early age, Barbara experienced what she referred to as – supernatural phenomenon. As a teenager she kept a diary in which she documented several of her disturbing nightmares. Barbara ultimately incorporated her visions into several of her writings.
In her writings, she loves to evoke a false sense of security and expectations - leading the reader into a world of the unknown.
When Alivia C. Tagliaferri spent time working on a corporate video project for the USO of Metro DC at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, her assignment was to videotape celebrities visiting and boosting morale of the war-wounded, but it was an experience that would impact her deeply and ultimately change her assignment in life. Inspired, Alivia began writing. What resulted is her debut novel, entitled Still the Monkey, What Happens to Warriors after War, a reality-based work of historical fiction that depicts the relationship between a Vietnam veteran and Iraq War veteran facing their post-combat struggles.
A native of Williamsport, Pennsylvania and a 1999 graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, Alivia left the 'gray-walled' corporate world behind in 2005 to focus on her passion - writing.
Her most recent work, an article entitled "What Every Veteran's Family and Friend Needsto Know about Post-Traumatic Stress and PTSD" was published in the July 2007 edition of The Veteran's Voice.
Featuring interviews with three experts in the field of post-traumatic stress, the article addresses the following three questions:
1. What are the 5 most important things families and friends should do or say if their loved one returns home from war showing symptoms of PTSD? 2. What are the 5 most important things not to do or say? 3. How can families and friends provide unconditional support versus enabling destructive behavior?
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Wrote Jim Strickland, Veterans Advocate and VA Watchdog Columnist:
"I was fascinated with the degree of historical accuracy she (Tagliaferri) provides. I’m not known to be particularly shy so I contacted her and we talked. We talked longer and in more depth than I could have imagined. She’s a civilian with scant connection to anything military but it was quickly apparent that she gets it." - Posted in VA Watchdog, May 2, 2007. Everything you Ever Wanted to Know about Filing a Claim for PTSD
Alivia enjoys playing the piano and cello, composing music, and presenting speeches to high school students on how to market ideas and creativity as her way of giving back to the community.
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