Author Olivia Boler

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January 9th, 2013

The Next Big Thing

Happy 2013! This post is a chain self-interview about my next book project. I’ve read the blog chain started on She Writes a few months ago. My author pal Dina Santorelli tapped me to take part, and I want to thank her for thinking of me. In return, I’ve asked my writer friends Siobhan Fallon and Roger Colby to post their own interviews next week, so be sure to check out their answers.

  1. What is your working title of your book (or story)?
    I have a few irons in the fire including a short story collection, an upmarket women’s fiction novel, and a sequel to The Flower Bowl Spell. I’ll talk about that even though it’s in the crappy first draft stage. The working title is The Flower Bowl Ghost.
  2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
    The idea comes from my first book about Memphis Zhang, The Flower Bowl Spell. She’s an intriguing character, and there were some unanswered questions in the first book. I think it’ll be fun to find out what happens next.
  3. What genre does your book fall under?
    Good question! I guess it falls under urban fantasy, although I’m not really sure. It’s too plot-driven to be magic realism, I suppose.
  4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
    A fun thought. I think Memphis could be played by Olivia Munn. Bradley Cooper could be Cooper! (Kismet!) Harry Shum, Jr. would be fantastic as Tyson.
  5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
    A young, powerful San Francisco witch discovers her dark side—and likes it.
  6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
    Self-published.
  7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
    Um, too long? But I was able to get it all out with the help of NaNoWriMo last November.
  8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
    A Discovery of Witches, the Sookie Stackhouse series.
  9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
    My fount of inspiration bubbled up from my Wiccan research. I wanted to get to know that culture beyond what I had seen in TV shows and books. Then I decided to write my own fictional account of a Wiccan. It seemed fun, and it was!
  10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
    I published The Flower Bowl Spell almost a year ago as an e-book and then later as a paperback. To celebrate the upcoming first anniversary, I’m planning a giveaway. Stay tuned!
March 20th, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday Books from Olivia

OK, I’m getting the hang of this blogging thing.

I started following a YA book blog, Pure Imagination, and she posts with admirable regularity. Today, Tuesday, I got her latest book review preceded by the weekly Top Ten Tuesday, which has a theme each week (Top Ten Books Ever, Top Ten Romantic Reads—I’m making these up). This is sponsored, somehow, by another book blog, The Broke and the Bookish, which is run by a group of college-age book bloggers. Apparently, other book bloggers can contribute with their memes and linky links. If you know what a meme or linky is (a cutesy way of saying hyperlink?), you’re ahead of me, but I can put some vague idea together.

Even though I am an old lady by comparison to my esteemed book blogging colleagues, I’m inspired to contribute to this week’s Top Ten Tuesday: Spring Reading List. Sure, I am way, way, way behind on my work and no where near finishing the conversion to paperback of The Flower Bowl Spell! But, as Vonnegut  (remember him?) would put it, and so it goes…

Top Ten Tuesday Spring Reads:

 

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1. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. Finally getting this as a digital download from the library. Can’t wait to sink my teeth into it.

2. The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson. I once did a reading with Adam Johnson and he was just on NPR today, talking about his new novel. Sounds amazing.

3. The Devil’s Lover: The Wish by Dahlia Lu. I downloaded this during Read an E-book Week. Great cover!

4. The Binding by L. Filloon. Another juicy E-book Week find.

5. Touch of Fate by Christine Amsden. I think we’re friends on Book Blogs.

6. Stuck in Estrogen’s Funhouse by Shayna Gier. What a title!

7.  Hollowland by Amanda Hocking. This has been on my virtual shelf for a while. Time to crack it.

8.  What I Loved by Siri Hustvedt. Got it from my friend, and it’s literally by my bedside.

9. Nothing But the Truth by Justina Chen Headley. An Asian sister from another mister!

10. A Thirty-Something Girl by L.M. Stull. We are Goodreads friends. Can’t wait to read it!

What about you? What will you read this spring, fellow bloggers?

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