Avery Olive is proudly Canadian. She is married, and when she’s not helping raise her very energetic and inquisitive son, she can be found working on her latest novel-where she devilishly adds U’s into every word she can.
When she is looking for a break Avery enjoys cake decorating, losing herself in a good book, or heading out to the lake to go camping.
The release of Avery’s first novel proves to her it won’t be the last. As long as her family continues to be supportive, she can find the time, and people want to read, Avery will keep on writing.
Now on to the FIVE QUESTIONS
1. Congrats on A Stiff Kiss. How long did it take you from concept to publication?
Thank you!! Hmm it was about a year and half. A lot of that time was actually the Query process, waiting on agents to see if there was a bite (lots of nibbles, but no catch) and then waiting on publishers. The entire publishing industry is slow, its runs at a snail’s pace. But in the scheme of things, it really didn’t take as long as it could have. I wrote A Stiff Kiss in three months, took about 3 months to polish it and get it ready to send out, querying took about 6 months and then the back and forth between my editor making A Stiff Kiss ready for publication.
2. What was the spark of inspiration for Xylia & Landon?
The first scene I really had nailed down was Xylia in the morgue kissing Landon. It was a dream I had. And then I had to think of all the reason why someone would dare do such a thing. Xylia’s a little dark, but she’s also desperate to understand, it gave me a reason to allow her character to grow, which is needed. Landon was a little harder, I’d done all sorts of research trying to figure out how to come up with a plausible explanation for what happened to him, and why he’d want to be a part of Xylia’s journey. Of course, when you have both a male and female characters, you get to have fun and create your version of the perfect romance.
3. What advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Start writing and worry about all the other stuff later. There are so many people desperate for answers, wanting to know how the process works, how to find agents, how to pick publishers, how they get paid, how the covers are designed, but most of the time when you ask if they’ve actually sat down and written anything, it’s usually a No. Writer’s write because they love to, not because they are set on becoming millionaires. You have to learn how to walk, before you can run. Join writing groups, or online communities, read as much as you can because that’s your biggest tool when it comes to learning and worry about how to jump that last hurdle when you are ready.
4. What is your solution to writer’s block?
Oh man. This is a tough one. I think writer’s block is a phantom. It’s just something that people build up in their heads as a reason, or an excuse to why they aren’t working on something, or because they are stuck. If you let it become a problem, it will take over. Now, that’s just my opinion, and like most Authors, I get stuck, or blocked, and find I can’t figure out where to go next, but I try and push through. A thousand words of utter crap is better than no words at all. And if I do find I can’t push through it, I set it aside and come back to it later.
5. Finally, Star Wars or Star Trek?
Neither. I know, I think I can hear the gasps of shock everywhere. But seriously, I don’t think I’ve watched either of them all the way through. Sci-Fi isn’t really my thing.
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