Tag Archives: Avenue of Dreams

Why I Get an F in Reading

Olivia Newport Red F

I get an F in reading. You probably do too. I read lots of books. And blogs. And magazines. And online articles. (Newspapers, not so much.) And I get an F. We’ve turned into a culture of scanners. We might read the first two or three lines of a piece of writing. After that, we […]

Erin MacPherson on: Three Writing Challenges That No Longer Scare Me

07-11-12 Macpherson christianmamasguidebookcoverimage

Today begins a summer Wednesday series from writers I’ve had the privilege of meeting in cyberland. Nine writers will tell us what no longer scares them (but must have at one time). Welcome Erin McPherson, author of The Christian Mama’s Guide to Having a Baby. She has several more books in the works. When I […]

Who Decides a Book’s Title?

Olivia Newport The Pursuit of Lucy Banning

I like to tell people the titles of my new books. I just don’t always know the titles. Here’s how it goes. A writer pulls her hair out trying to come up with a zinger of a title that will grab an agent or editor’s attention. Then you sell the project—which may or may not […]

How Many Editors Does One Book Need?

Olivia Newport Lake in winter

Over the winter I had a short-term job. I signed on for seven months with an organization producing textbooks. The project was mid-stream, and the commitment was just until the books went to press. I’ve been away for a couple of months now. Last week the printed books arrived, and I went in to the […]

Around the ’Hood

Olivia Newport Prairie Avenue

Last week my brother posted on Facebook that he thought he had been in the Banning ’hood. That made me smile. The setting for my story The Pursuit of Lucy Banning is a real place! Three years ago about this time, I was in Chicago and saw Prairie Avenue for the first time. The Glessner […]

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 […]

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 […]

When is your next book coming out?

Olivia Newport cover of Accidentaly Amish

I was out to coffee with my friend Sonja last week. I had the pleasure of signing and giving her a copy of The Pursuit of Lucy Banning, which is just about to release. She had read the book in manuscript form a few months back. She asked, “When does the next book come out?” […]

How Do You Write So Many Books? and other FAQs

Olivia Newport question mark

Characters stomp around in my head long before they hit the printing press. I have two series in the works, Avenue of Dreams and Valley of Choice. Now that release dates are getting close, I’m getting more questions from people I’ve known a long time and new people I meet. Here are a few quick […]

Who Do You Think You Are?

Olivia Newport Who Do You Think You Are?

“Who do you think you are?” Do you hear the tone in that question? It’s a little scoldy. Like, “Do you really think you’re someone who deserves that privilege?” Like, “Who are you to think you can step out of your place?” (Or who do you think you are that you can sleep in my […]