Continuing on the Love Dust: A Sprinkling of Love blog tour, our next author is Olivia London (that’s her smiling face below). Olivia is an avid writer, reader, and proud member of house Ravenclaw. She attended Northern Michigan University where she received a Master’s degree in English with a creative writing focus. Olivia is also the founder of Stormy Island Publishing, established in 2018. She lives on the shores of Lake Superior in beautiful Upper Michigan with her family and small army of fluffs.
Where did your inspiration for your story come from?
– I found a writing prompt on Pinterest that said something like ‘He was made from coal and flame, but he couldn’t melt her’ and instantly had a mental image of Dóiteáin and Ishka. And, since it had to be a love story, Lach followed soon after.
Who is your favorite character in this story and why?
– Ishka is my favorite character. She is so beaten down by the death of her father and the weight of her suspicions, but she is a fighter. She brushes herself off and shoulders the burden of her responsibility. My absolute favorite thing about her though, is that she doesn’t necessarily need to be rescued. When the time comes, she is the one who has to fight for herself.
When you aren’t writing, where can we find you?
– I spend far too much of my time playing video games and browsing social media! During the few months of the year I’m not buried in snow, I also spend as much time at the beach as possible.
What author has influenced you the most?
– Lauren DeStefano is #goals for me. She has the cutest house, lives with her own little fluff army, and writes some great stories! Stephen King and Jane Austen can probably shoulder most of the blame for my love of reading though, which eventually led to my need to write.
Where do you write? Is there a special place?
– Wherever and whenever I can find the time. Usually sitting on the couch surrounded by my fluff squad. I’m currently planning to change our spare room into a writing room, though, so I have my own space and can close the door and not be interrupted. Can’t wait for that to be finished!
Do you consider reading as part of your job as a writer? Why or why not?
– Absolutely! The worst that can happen is you pick up a few tricks, right?
Other than family, what are five things you cannot live without?
– my fluffs (though, to me they’re family!) the beach, cherry pepsi, movies, and Amazon Prime (seriously, I have a problem.)
What is your all-time favorite TV show?
– Downton Abbey. I love a good British period drama
Not picking your own, which story in Love Dust is your favorite?
– Sparkly Human Conundrum by Sara Mosier is probably my favorite short story ever. Of all time. In the history of writing. Sorry, Poe.
If you could meet one writer in the history of the world, who would it be? What would you talk about?
– Oh, gosh. This is tough. It would be a toss-up between Jane Austen, Virginia Woolf, and Edgar Allan Poe. I’d love to talk to them about everything from how often they write and where they get their inspiration (especially E.A.P.!), to their personal lives, because I know I can’t be the only one who’s curious about their personal choices!
What are you working on now?
– I’m currently in a battle of wills with a fantasy story I’ve been trying to tame for a couple of years now. I’m also working on a few short stories for anthology submissions.