ABOUT ME

BIO

Indie novelist and screenwriter,

Purveyor of internet romance,

Village witch.

Olivie Blake is a lover and writer of stories, many of which involve the fantastic, the paranormal, or the supernatural, but not always. More often, her works revolve around the collective experience, what it means to be human (or not), and the endlessly interesting complexities of life and love.

Olivie tripped and fell into writing after abandoning her long-premeditated track for Optimum Life Achievement while attending law school, and now focuses primarily on the craft and occasional headache of creating fiction. She has been published as the featured fiction contributor for Witch Way Magazine, as well as the writer for the self-published graphic series Alpha and a variety of other books.

 

Olivie lives and works in Los Angeles, where she is generally tolerated by her rescue pit bull. She enjoys tension breaks with ill-timed humor and slow-revealing backstories, and can be loosely defined as the sort of person who picked up sparring as a means to improve writing fight scenes. 

 

CURRENTLY WRITING

  • THE ATLAS PARADOX, Book II of The Atlas Series. The sequel to The Atlas Six is underway! As the new Society initiates prepare for their final year in residence, outside forces conspire; alliances shift; somebody lost gets found.

  • TWELFTH KNIGHT, my next attempt at a YA rom-com featuring girls doing boy things.

  • TOXIC, my current story in installments for Witch Way Magazine! A woman attempting to navigate The Dating Apps has just met the perfect man. Sort of. During the day, it's a slightly different story.

  • 2020 HOLIDAY COLLABOR-ADVENT, I'm staying pretty tight-lipped about this for now, but I'm VERY excited to let you know I'm working with some pals on a Love Actually-esque collection of interconnected holiday stories. Tropey and romantic for the holidays!

UNPUBLISHED WORKS

  • MY MECHANICAL ROMANCE, previously UNTITLED S.T.E.M. YA, in which I strive to convince young women everywhere that nerds are hot and being true to your own nerdy self is even hotter. Competitive robotics, AP Physics, enemies-to-lovers, and a lot of me consulting Mr Blake's science curriculum. Currently under revision.

  • BOYS WILL BE BOYS, a short film written for Phineas Productions about two hyper-competitive college friends who are dared into a kiss. A playful exploration of what it means to love and be loved. Currently awaiting production.

  • AWE OF THE NIGHT APPROACHING, a high fantasy about women in a War of the Roses-type conflict. THE WHITE QUEEN or GAME OF THRONES, but MOANA-ed. 

  • STARGAZING IS NECROPHILIA, a nonlinear exploration of love, sex, and the female experience. You can check out some excerpts here.

 

CURRENTLY READING

  • THE HOUSE OF MIRTH by Edith Wharton. This month's S.P.E.L.L. read! I'll be honest, it was tough to pick a subject matter for this month; as much as I wanted to build on our discussion of women's health, female autonomy, and the "voicelessness" of last month's Gothic read, I wanted a distraction from the November election. So I picked a novel of manners so we could hide from the real world for a bit! Wharton is the first woman to win a Pulitzer for THE AGE OF INNOCENCE, so this is our opportunity to explore a classic work by a historically significant female author, and one that's basically a forerunner to Gossip Girl.

  • MUST I GO by Yiyun Li. I know I said I was reading this a few months ago, but it was the third in a collection of three similar literary titles and the other two were disappointing, so I took a bit of a break. But now I'm here!

  • CATHERINE HOUSE by Elisabeth Thomas. I actually read this one as a follow-up to MEXICAN GOTHIC, which was kind of a mistake. (Have since remedied this by putting IN THE DREAM HOUSE by Carmen Maria Machado on hold at the library.) This book is definitely not what it's marketed to be, but I love a weird, dysfunctional protagonist. I recommend it for people who enjoy more literary tastes, and who find interesting writing and problematic characters more engaging than plot-based genre fiction. 

  • DEALING WITH DRAGONS by Patricia C. WredeThis is a fantasy book I love from my childhood, many of which I'm now rereading as it has become apparent that certain other fantasy books from my childhood have begun to disappoint me.

 

CURRENTLY LISTENING

  • Lie Out Loud by Bloxx. This wasn't an album I was anticipating by any means, but I listened to it on a whim and absolutely love it. While the band is probably best known for the titular track, the song "It Won't Work Out" is my favorite on the album. (Doesn't hurt that the song has apparently gotten comparisons to The Wombats, a band I adore.)

  • sucks to see you doing better by Valley. I'm not sure what it is about Valley that's so pleasant to listen to, but for me they never miss. If you've never heard them before, I'd start with "Park Bench" off their older album, but I can't imagine anyone wouldn't be charmed by "hiccup" and "nevermind."

  • Wild, Free by Acceptance. So, Acceptance was my favorite band in high school, with exactly one (1) PERFECT album (for me, an adolescent with Angst) given romantically to me by a boy. Then they broke up. Then randomly they started making music again in 2017?? I am positive that my attachment to them is nostalgic, and it's definitely its own mood. But disclaimers aside, I love this album. 

  • night, love you by Nightly. I've been following Nightly for a long time and this is the first time to my knowledge that they've released a full album. "the car" is a great intro track, and I can't get over how much I love the sentiment "if there's any part of you that wants to work it all out, say the word and I'll turn this car around."

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