A veteran and mother to a lovely daughter named Grace, Olivia dreams of wintering over in warmer climates.
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MF: Share a little about Olivia the person and Olivia the writer.
OM: I was married to my wonderful husband October 26th!!! I’m the mother to a beautiful daughter named Grace. When I’m not writing, I work as a hairdresser. I’m a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. That’s the interesting stuff. Aside from my daughter dreading her teenage years because my husband and I are goofy enough to embarrass her to no end, there’s not too much else to tell. As for Olivia the writer, they are one and the same.
MF: Tell us about Mistfall. What’s it about and what inspired you to write it?
OM: Mags is a run of the mill twenty-five year old woman who happens to be a jinn. She’s spent most of her life running from one of the Kings of Hades and the Elf King who want her for her power. Mags ends up on the run after a date ends badly. Help comes to her in the form of a new flame, an old love, her best friend, and her arch-frenemy. Lies and deceit are found in from the most unlikely sources as well as honesty and loyalty. Mags knows her life will never again be the same, the only question is will she survive it?
When I was in school, I always looked forward to the mythological stories. Greek, Roman, Celtic…you name it, I ate it up as a child. That kind of thing stuck with me through the years. When I decided to write a book, those old stories came to mind.
MF: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
OM: Melissa Foster from The World Literary Cafe gave me a good bit of advice when I was polishing up my manuscript. She is a phenomenal source of information for anyone from an aspiring author to an accomplished one.
MF: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
OM: Like most people, I always envisioned myself writing a book. One day, I just decided to quit thinking about it and actually do it.
MF: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
OM: Writing in the first person is a little challenging.
MF: What is your favorite writing tip or quote?
OM: I can’t remember who said it anymore. I read an article on writing basics about a year ago that said to not write your book like a high school English paper. Of course grammar is important, but it’s okay to start a sentence with but. Also, semi-colons are just fancy pants periods.
MF: What do you read? What do you re-read?
OM: I think what don’t I read would be simpler. I read just about anything that sounds interesting. My current favorite is the Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning. I will also read anything put out by Mental Floss.
MF: Are you currently working on another novel or writing project?
OM: I’ve recently started book 2 in the Mistfall series.
MF: Do you have any advice for other writers?
OM: This is the best time to self-publish. If you are thinking about publishing your own work, do it!