Thursday, May 9, 2013

Author Spotlight - Olivia Logan

Today we're pleased to welcome the stunning Olivia Logan to the blog in celebration of her debut Crimson Romance novel.

1. Tell our readers a little bit about yourself. 

My name is Olivia Logan. I’ve loved writing since I was a kid anything from fairy tales to inventing my own myths. As I got older I found my niche was romance and wrote short romances for my school newspaper. Cringe worth when your teacher comments on your grammer! 

I started entering competitions earlier this year and through one of these found my book picked up by Crimson Romance. 

2. What number book is this? First? 100th? 200th?(Nora only!) 

My first! J 

3. Everyone who writes knows it's not easy - what methods do you use to keep at it on days when it would be so much easier to go shoe shopping?

Mmmm that’s tricky. If it’s a day when my characters won’t shut up then I just write but if they’re not I set myself word target and get down whatever that amount is- even when I come to revise there are usually okay bits that I can salvage so not a total loss.

4. What is your top promo tip for other authors?

Can I have 2? 1- listen to the critics (esp your CPs and eds if you get feedback) and work on their suggestions; 2- keep going (Think Dory in ‘Finding Nemo’ “Just keep swimming”) you will get there.

5. How does writing fit into your day? Or does your day fit in around your writing?

I work full time so writing fits around me. I’m a morning person so prefer waking up earlier to type then edit later as opposed to the other way around.

6. Do you write everyday?

Yes- though amount changes - sometimes 1K sometimes 200 words

7. Any craft books you recommend?

Liz Fielding's 'Little Book of Writing Romance'.

8. Keeping fit: Do you have an exercise regime to counterbalance all those hours sitting at a computer?

Full time job running that has me on my feet most days and dance work out DVDs at home.

9. In what way is being a published writer different to how you thought it would be?

Maybe it will change when I get the hang of it but I’m not reading / reviewing as much anymore which I loved to do.

10. Do you have any tips, tricks or sacrificial rituals you do when you hit a story roadblock?

Listen to classical music. By not listening to/ concentrating on words in a song my thoughts work themselves out.


Hotshot Hollywood Director Nick Trenton, needed a nanny and fast. It certainly hadn’t helped that his son had run off all the others he had employed and with a big shoot coming up in LA for three weeks he was running out of options. Then along comes Rania George- sweet shop owner and one of the few people his son didn’t want to give the slip. Yes, she seemed to dislike him from the get-go, but he could work around that. He loved his son and would do anything to get the lovely Miss.George to say yes to his plan.

Rania was used to children hanging outside her sweet shop but seeing one alone on a dark night was a first. What sort of parent would let their child wander the streets at night!
That was until she met his Hollywood Director Father. No wonder his son was wandering the streets alone, his father was probably too self absorbed to notice. She’d learnt from an early age that anything Hollywood related was bad news. Okay so he was attractive but she had vowed from to stay away from anything, and she meant anything Hollywood. Not that it helped when his cute as a button son captured her heart so easily nor when she was being offered to babysit said son for a huge amount of money. Only catch was she had to fly to Hollywood and spend three weeks in the company of his devastatingly attractive father.

The question was after all her experiences with Hollywood, was she willing to risk it all…
Urgent: One Nanny Required is available from Amazon, Amazon UK, Barnes & Noble and  All Romance eBooks.

You can catch up with Olivia on Twitter, Goodreads and at her Website.

Would you like to win a copy of Urgent: One Nanny Required? To be in the running all you need to do is follow Olivia on Twitter and leave a comment here answering the question: 'Who would play your dream leading man in a film opposite you?'. Olivia's awesome book will go to the commenter with the best answer!


Lacey Devlin said...

I have Urgent: One Nanny Required in my TBR pile! I can't wait to read it :)

I love that you listen to classical music when you hit a story roadblock. I've heard that it distracts the critical thinking/editor side of your brain so that your creative side can reign. Love it. Will have to give it a try next time I'm stuck :).

Thanks for hanging out with us today!

Olivia Logan said...

You're most welcome! Thank you so much for having me:)

Sally Clements said...

I think I have 'Just keep swimming' running all the time in my brain, Olivia!
I'm a minx so ineligible to enter giveaway, but my leading men would be George Clooney in the romantic comedy version of my life - and Hugh Jackman in the windswept Irish romance of my life, set in the 1800s... (giggle)

Sally Clements said...

Oh ps! I forgot to say congratulations on your release!

Kat said...

Welcome to the minxes, Olivia!

Think like Dory is def the way forward. :O)

Congrats on the book, it sounds awesome!

Kat xx

Lorraine said...

Lovely to have you on the blog Olivia. Congrats on your debut release :-)

That's interesting re classical music Lacey, I used to listen to it while writing and have recently started putting it on to the calm the dogs down (!) so I'll see if it helps.

I love the 'Just keep swimming' line too!

Maya Blake said...

Congrats on your debut, Olivia! Wishing you many more :)

Suzanne Ross Jones said...

Oooh, this sounds like a fab book. Can't wait to read it.


Maria said...

Congrats Olivia, your book looks beaitiful. I love Lix Fielding's book too.

Romy Sommer said...

Congrats on your release Olivia!

Alexia Adams said...

Congratulations on your debut novel, Olivia. I have a great leading man in my life, but if it was a film, he would be played by a mix of a young Denzel Washington with Will Smith's sense of humour. I tell my husband I stick around to see what crazy thing he'll do or say next.

Can't wait to read your book.

All the best,

PS. I already follow you on twitter, I'm @AlexiaAdamsAuth