Salty Tales is the first anthology by Stormy Island Publishing and has recently released. Olivia not only publishes stories for other authors, but is a published author herself. Her full bio can be found on The Seller Spotlight page. Grab a margarita and sit a spell for this chat!
MWS: Hello Olivia, how are you today? OL: I’m great! Happy to finally see some sunshine after all this snow. Thanks for having me! MWS: I am so done with inconsistent weather, lol. Tell me about being a mom and running your own business. Do you find it hard to find the time to write? OL: It really is. Honestly, I let it slip far more often than I should. After a day chasing children and juggling my various businesses, I tend to just collapse on the couch and be a vegetable when I should be writing. On the upside, I get a lot of reading done!
MWS: Lol! A small silver lining! What is a typical day like for you? OL: I run a daycare from my home, so I’m up with kids at 6am.
My last kiddos leave around 6pm, so then I need to do the usual afternoon chores – dinner, getting my son’s school things together for the next day, picking up, etc. By around 9 I usually have a couple hours of free time, if I’m not falling into bed myself. This is when I finally have time to work on my writing (or read!)
MWS: I'm exhausted for you now, whew! What is your favorite genre to write and read? OL: Fantasy! I love the freedom fantasy gives you, to create new worlds, new races, new threats, new solutions. I think it’s the best genre to read or write. MWS: Is there a genre, in your opinion, that's just overly done?
OL: Well, personally I can never get into sci-fi. But I think that is more of a personal dislike than the genre itself being done. I definitely believe there are elements within particular genres that are done; the love triangle in romance, for example, has been done to death.
But I think the thing that keeps genres alive and well is just the sheer vastness of creative opportunity. Any one genre can generate a story that goes in an infinite number of ways. I guess what I'm trying to say in my long winded way, is that the problem doesn't lie in the genres but in the way popular stories tend to set a trend with writers, where similar stories seem to follow. It can make it feel, after awhile, like the genre has been done to death. MWS: In your opinion, what books or authors do you suggest have a solid writing style? OL: Well, everyone will connect to different authors based on their own style preferences. Personally, I LOVE Lauren DeStefano's writing style. If I could magically siphen anyone's writing powers, it would be hers. Her imagery, to me, is so vivid and beautiful, and sometimes just really poetic. I've read the entirety of her 'Chemical Garden' series and 'The Internment Chronicles' and even as I finished book after book, I couldn't get over how much I loved her wordcrafting. She's a really underrated author in my opinion! MWS: I have not yet heard of her, I am definitely going to check her out! Would you suggest authors join writing groups for extra support? OL: I think it can depend a LOT on the group, but overall I really do think it helps! Some groups are just a breeding ground for trolls and grammar nazis,
but if you find the right group, you could really build an amazing network for yourself. After joining Writing Bad as an admin, I've seen firsthand how