Author Spotlight: Olyvia Miles
Olyvia Miles started writing short stories and poetry at an early age as a way to escape childhood trauma. While in the Air Force, she continued write poetry but pushed short stories to the back burner. Her poetry transformed to the point where she could take someone else’s situation and embody their emotions into a poem.
Let's get to know Olyvia better . . .
First, let’s get to know you a little better
Where would you go in a time machine?
Back to the Harlem Renaissance or back to meet and talk to my mother’s great grandmother (paternal). We don’t know much about her or any family before her, so it would be very interesting to know who they are and how she grew up and if it’s true that she’s more white and Native American than black.
Which super power would you like to have?
Invulnerability, foresight, and heightened senses.
You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
Bashful Blue. I’m an introvert and one of my favorite colors is blue.
What’s your favorite old school jam?
What TV show can you absolutely not miss?
If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not, living or dead, real or fictional, with whom would it be?
James Dolan, NY Knicks Owner, and I would make some trades that actually make sense and hopefully give the Knicks a chance to at least make the playoffs as a 5th or 6th seed.
If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?
Welcome to My Addiction
Now, on to your writing
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
In the 10th grade when my English teacher, Mrs. Walters, put me on the school’s magazine.
What inspires you to write?
What genre do you write and why?
My main genre is poetry and fiction. I deal mostly in fiction because while dealing with real life topics a dialogue can be started better using fictional characters.
What moves you to share your experiences with the world?
Not everyone has someone to talk to and through my writing I hope to let them know that they aren’t the only one facing a struggle.
Do you have a set schedule for writing, or are you one of those who write only when they feel inspired?
I try to set a schedule to write but it never works that way, so I end writing when I can, where I can. Ideally, I’d love to write late at night, but having a 9 to 5 doesn’t afford me that luxury.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
With all this technology around us, I elect to write with pen/pencil and paper.
How do you select the names of your characters?
Just as I let my characters tell the story, I allow my characters to give me their names as well.
And just a bit more
As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
How do you think it will feel when you publish your book?
It will feel amazing and an accomplishment that is a long time coming.
Why did you choose self-publishing?
More control over my product.
Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
When I’m not writing I do read, when I am writing I tend to not read. Only because I don’t want to subconsciously use another authors plot or anything of that nature. Some of my favorite authors is Maya Angelou, Octavia Butler, Kimberla Lawson Roby, etc.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Don’t ever take a hiatus from writing, continue writing and just let it flow.
Any advice you would like to give to aspiring writers?
Write. Start where you are and go from there.
What does literary success look like to you?
Right now, being recognized for my writing skills and in the future being on a best sellers list, further in the future having one of my stories being played out in a movie.
Olyvia is due to release her new book, Draft of My Soul, in early 2019 and we can't wait! To learn more about her, including reading her great blog posts, visit her at www.olyviaflows.com.