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Olivia Wildenstein Interview

How did you become a writer?

Back in 2009, when I was pregnant with my first child and living in Europe, I decided to become a working stay-at-home mother. Remote jobs weren’t that widespread before the pandemic. Remote jobs I felt passionate about were even scarcer. Since I adored storytelling, I plunged headfirst into the world of writing and fell in love.

What inspires you to write?

Everything. Everyone. Every trip I take and every relationship I’ve had.

Sometimes, just interacting with the cashier at the supermarket or sitting in the changing room at my gym and overhearing a conversation will spark my imagination.

How do you develop your plot and characters?

I develop them symbiotically. I start with an idea, then toss in a whole cast of characters, and that very basic idea becomes a multi-dimensional, character-driven plot.

Could you share some of your challenges as a writer?

I have two great challenges. One is time management. It may seem silly, but inspiration isn’t forever perched on my shoulder, whispering what my next line should be. Sometimes, inspiration will hit at a very impractical time—usually around six p.m.

My other great challenge as a published author is never letting my readers down.

Tell me about your protagonist. What's your favorite trait and/or weakness?

My favorite trait in my female character is actually also her weakness—empathy. It’s what drives her to save Jarod, but it’s also what ultimately dooms her.

My favorite trait in my male character is his protectiveness. There is nothing, and I really do mean nothing considering he’s the leader of the French mob, that Jarod wouldn’t do for the people he loves.

How does your antagonist create conflict?

My antagonist will always try to come between my lovers. Although not always nefarious, his or her intent is always borne of jealousy.

What are your current/future projects?

I’m currently working on The Kingdom of Crows trilogy, a highly romantic fantasy series with faeries and crow shifters, set in a world inspired by Venice and Amsterdam.

Do you have a routine you follow when writing?

I usually cue up my writing playlist (I always write to music), brew some tea, put my phone on silent, and slip into my bubble.

If you could go back in time and give yourself advice, what would it be?

Understand your audience. In self-publishing, your readers are rarely teenagers. If you write YA, make sure it’s mature enough for your audience.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

They say write what you know, but I say: write what you love.

* What is your preferred method for readers to get in touch with you?

Instagram and my Facebook reader group! Come find me.


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