Archive | May, 2012

Giving Away Books

Olivia Newport The Pursuit of Lucy Banning

A person can only have so many books in the house, depending of course on the house and how many other people you have to make room for. Eventually, there comes a time when you have to pull a book off the shelf and consider whether it’s time to send it off to its next […]

Where Story Ideas Come From

Olivia Newport squirrel at attention

My friend Lorri must throw fairy dust over the creatures in her back yard, because somehow she gets them to cooperate with having their pictures taken. The squirrels in my yard shoot off as soon as they sense I might be thinking about them. Ever since I started leaving food occasionally a distance from the […]

Mama Says #33

Mom and Tag - Olivia Newport

Almost every Sunday while I talk to my mother, her dog, Tag, has something to say. Usually it’s not very nice. He barks because my brother moves half an inch at his desk three rooms away. He barks because my mother is paying attention to me, not to him. That dog is protective of my […]

Party On

Olivia's prize package

Did you see the party?! Last Tuesday, I shared a Debutante Story Soiree with novelists Katie Ganshert, Dani Pettrey and Beth Vogt. The fabulous Rel Mollet hosted our event, and Kelli Standish was amazing in her role of technical coordination. We had a blast! Four screens of live video went off without a hitch, and […]

What Color Is Joy?

Olivia Newport orange poppy

I was rather hoping for a better show from my irises. Some years they burst forth faster than I can count the blooms. Not this year. Five blooms, and I don’t see any more hopeful stems. I’m sure a better gardener than I—a real one, for instance—could explain the science of why some years are […]

Mama Says #32

Mom and Tag - Olivia Newport

Somehow we got to talking about dogs. My mom remarked on a purebred dog she had seen in the neighborhood that she thought was striking. And then she turned her attention to the mutt in her lap, adorable in his own way. She said, “When I got him, he was on his way to … […]

Upcoming Events!

Olivia Newport Glessner House

If you’re in the Denver area, I will be signing copies of The Pursuit of Lucy Banning at the LifeWay store in Centennial, Colorado on Saturday, May 19 from 1:00–3:00. If you’re in the Chicago area, I will be at the Glessner House and Museum (scroll down on the Events listing) on Tuesday, June 5, […]

4 Authors, 4 Books, 1 Epic Event

Join the Debutantes Story Soiree!

Tomorrow night is the big night! Last Thursday evening, Katie Ganshert, Beth Vogt, Dani Pettrey and I gathered cyberly with Rel Mollet of RelzReviews on her brand spankin’ new website. We tried out all the pieces of our four-way launch party. Which is tomorrow night. Go here. We had a blast, which I’m sure is […]

Mama Says #31

Mom and Tag - Olivia Newport

My mom has been a great companion on my journey to publishing fiction. She’ll listen to me prattle on about every phase and never once say, “You know, I’m not all that interested in the details.” A few weeks ago I was talking to her about the somewhat angst-filled process of asking people to endorse […]

Celebrating My Book Launch

Celebrating My Book Launch

This is the place to be on May 15, 6:30-9:00 CST. So proud to be part of an internet launch like this one! Hop over to and save your spot.  You are cordially invited to: The Debutantes’ Story Soiree Put on your white gloves and your dancing shoes, and join us for the live […]