Interview with Olivia Hardin
January 31, 2013 in Promotional
About Author Olivia Hardin
About the Author – Olivia Hardin realized early on how strange she was to have complete movie-like character dreams as a child. Eventually she began putting those vivid dreams to paper and was rarely without her spiral notebooks full of those mental ramblings. Her forgotten vision of becoming an author was realized when she connected with a group of amazingly talented and fabulous writers who gave her lots of direction and encouragement. With a little extra push from family and friends, she hunkered down to get lost in the words. She’s also an insatiable crafter who only completes about 1 out of 5 projects, a jogger who hates to run, and is sometimes accused of being artistic, though she’s generally too much of a perfectionist to appreciate her own work. A native Texas girl, Olivia lives in the beautiful Lone Star state with her husband and their puppy Bonnie.
What inspired you to write your first book?
Well, I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was just a teenager when I began scribbling stories into a spiral notebook. My first book was born of a dream about a woman witness to a mass murder. Turned out she was the one to set up the killing and there was some sort of chemistry between her and the head guy… Eventually that story became the “toned-down” opening chapter of Witch Way Bends.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Finding the time and pressing myself to sit down and write, write, write. It’s very easy to let self-doubt and life keep you from churching out the words. You have to be willing to spill your soul out in the words and then wait to clean it up later.
What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing it to life?
Probably the most emotional scene in the book is what I think of as the church scene. Gerry has to face her loss of faith, what she believes is her own sinful nature, and her despair in the loss of her spiritual foundations. I drew from my own inner demons for that one and it was painful to feel it through her.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Wow, I’m not sure. As best I can tell, it started with what I call “character dreams.” Every once in a while I will have a dream that is more like a movie… none of the characters are me and my consciousness floats from one person’s mind to the other. It real and surreal and has to be put to paper!
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I’ve got several projects in the works, including the second in my MAUC’s series (the first was the novelette Trolling for Trouble.) This is a fun series about a witch who helps get other paranormals out of sticky situations. Lynlee is a tough cookie, but her old flame Beck and his two children have a way of softening her up.