Name Olivia Starke
Where are you from Southwest Missouri
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I’m a native of Missouri though for several years I lived in Colorado. LOVED IT, but alas, I found myself back in the Show Me state. I’m the mama of a growing collection of fur babies on my little farm—4 dogs, 4 horses, and cats. Lots of cats. But I’m a cat person so it’s all good when random strays show up at my door J
I studied psychology at Missouri State University, though I’ve done absolutely nothing with it. I’d love to go back to college and study literature—it’s my biggest dream.
I’m a Whovian (meaning I’m loyal to the British show Doctor Who) and a fangirl of Supernatural and BBC’s Sherlock.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I’ve recently contracted Heart’s Paradise: The Billionaire Bachelor Series Book 2 my second full length book in my popular series for Beachwalk Press! Release date will be February 2015. I also have my very first print book now available The Baby Contract: The Billionaire Bachelor Series Book 1.
Beachwalk Press is also having a wonderful e-book sale, so if you’d like to check out spicy contemporary romance The Baby Contract or my supernatural romance release Project Terminal: Legacy it’ll be only $0.99 (U.S.) through the month of November!
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve always been a writer I think, because I had an incredible imagination as a kid and ‘wrote’ a lot of stories in my head. I’m an only child so I had to be creative to keep myself entertained, especially through summer breaks when I didn’t have other kids to play with. I wrote my first romance in Jr. High between a Pegasus and unicorn. I had a poem published in a poetry collection while in high school and I also worked on my high school newspaper. My first grown-up romance was e-published in 2009.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Hmm, I’m not sure if I’ll ever consider myself to be a ‘real’ writer. I guess because I know I can always improve a little more. But as long as I’m not a ‘real’ writer then I’ll keep improving what I do J
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My first grown-up book is a short vampire erotic romance. I figured I’d take the leap and go for it after taking an online romance writing course.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I used to be a pantser, but now that I’ve branched into full length works I realize I HAVE to be a plotter now or I’ll write myself into a corner.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I often come up with titles before I ever write the story. Thankfully, because titles can be brutal when you can’t come up with one right away.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I write about strong heroines who can stand on their own two feet. This is important to me since many times in my life I’ve had to draw on my own strength without someone else there to help me.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
I write both paranormal and contemporary romance, but with both I try to keep the realistic element in the work. I’m too analytical to make things too farfetched.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
No, my life is pretty boring so I dig it all up out of my overactive imagination.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
I’d say Douglas Adams The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series left me with an appreciation for humor and science fiction, Edgar Allen Poe influenced my love of writing that’s a bit dark, books like The Jungle by Upton Sinclair encouraged me to stand up for things that are important to me.
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
I’d say Alice Walker, though I couldn’t even begin to be as amazing as she is.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I find new authors all the time which is the magic of books. There’s always something new out there to leave you enthralled, and in love.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
The third story in my Billionaire Bachelor Series is my main focus.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Can determination be considered an entity?
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
A passion, an obsession, and a career I guess since it helps pay the bills. A career seems like work you HAVE to do to pay the bills and writing is hard, sometimes heartbreaking, and leaves you emotionally exhausted and exposed, but it’s like breathing—you just do it.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No! lol I never open that door because my Obsessive Compulsive Disorder would kick in and I’d lose my mind over it. There’s ALWAYS something that can be changed, but you have to put it down and move on.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I’ve always loved books, so I wanted to see how it felt to write one of my own.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Well I’ll tell you it’s a bit out of the usual romance. My heroine lost a leg in a tragic traffic accident, and she now runs a therapeutic horseback riding program. My hero is challenged with a young son with emotional issues, a son he didn’t know he had for five years of the child’s life. The two are brought together in hopes of healing the hero’s son.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Dealing with my procrastination, and also not second guessing every word I write.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Douglas Adams for his humor, Upton Sinclair for voicing what hadn’t been voiced before, Alice Walker for bringing life to her characters in a way I haven’t read before.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
No, but I’d love to hit the conference circuit someday.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Fantasia Frog does my Beachwalk Press covers and they are by far my favorites.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Making it to the end of a 60k word story. Coming from a short story background I found that the most challenging.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I can do it! Hitting THE END was a beautiful thing, and I realized that yes I can write full lengths.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Stick to it, grow a thick skin, and read everything. Reading is probably the best way to learn better writing skills. What works, what doesn’t, ways to tweak your own style.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I love you guys! Thanks for your support!
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Oh gosh no, my parents are big readers and I’ve always had my nose in a book. My mother read to me as an infant, and taught me to read long before I was school age. I was always in the top reading classes, and ahead of my age as far as reading levels went. Now math is another story….
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Doctor Who makes me do both. It’s a cruel, cruel show with brilliant and manipulative writers.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
I should probably say something intellectual like a president or one of a feminist icon I adore like Caitlin Moran, but honestly one of my crushes. Matt Smith, Benedict Cumberbatch or Tom Hiddleston, so I can make a HUGE embarrassing fool of myself because I’m socially awkward.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
“We’re all stories in the end. Just make it a good one, eh?” It’s a Doctor Who quote that reminds us to live life to the fullest.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Cat wrangling, housekeeper for the dogs, maid/butler to the horses. By the end of the day I’m pretty beat, but when I get the chance I read, go hiking, workout, or hit the water with my under-used but much loved kayak.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Outside of my SuperWhoLock fandom (afore mentioned Supernatural, Doctor Who, Sherlock) I like old films from the ‘30s and ‘40s, horror movies, romantic comedies from time to time.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Foods = pizza, apple pie, my mom’s peach cobbler Color = blue Music = hard and alternative rock like Godsmack, classical, a bit of opera time to time
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I used to love drawing and did pretty well in art shows back in school and college, so maybe a starving artist? Or I’d be working in retail still.
$0.99 Sale Through November
Having a baby is Abby’s dream. Will Liam’s enemies stop her happily ever after?
Liam Whitmore III is floored by the surprise stipulation in his father’s will—provide an heir within one year or he’ll lose the controlling portion of Whitmore Incorporated to his cousin Spencer. The corporation is Liam’s life. He’ll do anything to keep his cousin’s hands off of it, including finding a woman who’ll bear his child. Though finding the right woman seems an impossible task since he doesn’t have room in his life for anything except running the company. He doesn’t want a wife, just an heir.
Abby Haden’s family is about to lose their ranch, the only life her ailing father and brother have ever known. She feels helpless and is desperate to help. When the most coveted bachelor in Austin, Liam Whitmore III, also known as the Takeover Tyrant, offers to pay her to have his child it seems too incredible to be true. She’s all but given up hope of ever having a baby. Not only will her dream of being a mother come true, but she can also save the family ranch.
It was just supposed to be a business deal, but Abby and Liam find it hard to keep their hearts out of what it takes to make a baby. Even as they sort out their feelings, others have their eye on Whitmore Incorporated. Liam and Abby will soon discover how far they’ll go to make sure Abby never produces that heir.
Content Warning: contains graphic sex, explicit language, mild violence, and a heroine with a history of domestic abuse
Zombies and super soldiers? Laura is the one hope for a world gone Hollywood crazy.
In only a matter of hours Laura Swift has been bitten by a zombie, rescued by Mr. Tall, Dark, and Foreboding, and thrown into a world gone Hollywood crazy. She has no choice but to follow Damian into his underworld of manipulated viruses and genetically altered super soldiers. Even as her life hangs in the balance, she can’t deny the attraction she feels for the incredibly sexy and thoroughly imposing Infantryman.
Damian Gonsalves believes he has a cure for the virus changing innocent people into bloodthirsty undead. Within Laura is the key to stopping the horrific plague. All he has to do is keep her alive and safe, and stay one step ahead of those pursuing them. Her stubbornness frustrates him to no end, while her body drives him to distraction.
When they discover the secret behind Project Terminal, will they survive long enough to help stop the unleashed horror? Or will they just be two more victims of a virus threatening all of humanity?
Content Warning: graphic sex, strong language, and violence