Olivia Kiskaden Interview
The Indie Book Butler Interview.
Indie Book Butler: Let’s start things off with an introduction. Tell us a little about yourself for those not already aware of you and your work.
Olivia Kiskaden: My name is Olivia Kiskaden I am a graduate student majoring in clinical mental health, a singer-songwriter, creator of the Waves of Positivity Facebook page, and author of the poetry chapbook Positive Mind Waves. Currently, I am living in Texas with my husband who is an active-duty soldier within the United States Army; we have three kids and two fur babies. My book Positive Mind Waves was written as an introduction to my poetry style, but also to help empower the spirit of each reader. Presently I am working on two different novels, one of which is expected to be published later this year.
IBB: You’ve got twenty words to entice us to read your book(s). What would you say?
Olivia: A chapbook to uplift individuals, igniting the powers within, enhancing positivity, motivation, and spirituality.
IBB: Where do you like to write?
Olivia: I don’t have a specific place. I tend to get inspired at random times throughout the day, so I carry around a journal. I even sleep with it next to my bed just-in-case I wake up with ideas, which happens quite often.
IBB: Is there anything you must have in order to write?
Olivia: I enjoy a cup of green tea in the mornings, but all I need is my journal at the end of the day.
IBB: What books have influenced you most, both as a person and as an author?
Olivia: There have been many influences in my life. I remember being introduced to poetry by my third-grade teacher. She would read books to us at the end of each school day, so I believe that influenced me as a person. However, my prominent author influencers are Walter Mosley, Shel Silverstein, Maya Angelou, Wiliam Shakespeare, Alex Flinn, and Stephen King.
IBB: What is the one thing that has helped you develop most as an author?
Olivia: The one thing that helps me develop most as an author is reading books and continually learning through life experiences.
IBB: What do you want to achieve most from your writing?
Olivia: Writing has been a significant part of my life, and books carry the ability to transport each reader to another world. That ability to manifest a new way of thinking is all I want to achieve from my writing.
IBB: Have you received a favorite review of your work?
Olivia: “Was like chicken soup for my soul.”
IBB: Were there any particular parts of the writing/publishing process that you struggled with?
Olivia: I’m learning something new each day, but marketing has been a struggle for me.
IBB: Is there something specific you do to improve your writing?
Olivia: I write for two days, and on the days I am not writing, I am reading what I wrote the days before.
IBB: What is the ideal relationship between editor and author?
Olivia: Establishing good communication with the editor so there is a mutual understanding of the book’s vision and the author’s artistic style.
IBB: If you had a direct line to someone who loves or hates your writing, what would you say?
Olivia: So far, I have only received positive feedback, but I never expect my writing to be loved by every reader. I appreciate and thank them all for their comments.
IBB: If you could give one piece of advice to an aspiring author, what would it be?
Olivia: Don’t wait for the perfect time because that time may never come, so just start writing now.
IBB: What does your writing future hold for you?
Olivia: Continuing to sharing my art form and inspiring others to do the same.
IBB: How have you set about the task of creating enticing cover art?
Olivia: I collaborated with a cover designer, and she was able to bring the ideas for my book cover to life.
IBB: How often do you read? What genre?
Olivia: Right now, I am reading Outlander: Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon. I love reading poetry, romance, and supernatural thrillers. My kids and I enjoy reading together, so I read every day, switching from Outlander to The Berenstain Bears.
Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions. Best of luck in the future.
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