ABOUT ME

BIO

Novelist and screenwriter,

Purveyor of internet romance,

Village witch.

Alexene Farol Follmuth, also known under the pen name 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.

Alexene 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. As Olivie, 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. As Alexene, her debut YA novel, My Mechanical Romance, is coming summer 2022 from Holiday House.

 

Alexene lives and works in Los Angeles, where she is generally tolerated by her rescue pit bull. She can be loosely defined as the sort of person who picked up sparring as a means to improve writing fight scenes. 

 

CURRENTLY WRITING

  • UNTITLED HOLLYWOOD GOTHIC, a young adult romance featuring the noble sport of pigeon seduction and some demonic Santa Ana winds.

  • UNTITLED PERSUASION ADAPTATION, a for-funsies project that I don't currently know what I'm doing with, but I recently read PERSUASION and decided it was very important for me to experience a modern take on Wentworth's POV. 

  • THE DEVIL'S ADVOCATE, my current story in installments for Witch Way Magazine! "The art of moral clarity forms the primary vocation for Elaine Estrada, who considers her employer’s contracts to be nothing more than a straightforward deal—until she meets someone whose impractical search for lost souls puts her no-nonsense approach to the test."

  • 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. I currently anticipate a fall/winter 2022 release.

UNPUBLISHED WORKS

  • TWELFTH KNIGHT, a YA homage to Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. Another dual POV rom-com, this one features the gender politics of fandom, RPGs, and gaming. Currently under revision.

  • 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 for a summer 2022 release.

  • 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

  • IN THE DREAM HOUSE by Carmen Maria Machado. This month's S.P.E.L.L. read! This is a memoir that, like a lot of Machado's work, plays quite liberally with form. She blends speculative/genre fiction with literary sensibilities in a completely peerless way.

  • BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME by Julia Claiborne Johnson. I actually read this last month but have been thinking of it often, so it's very important to me that more people read it. Divorced ladies at a 1930s Reno ranch! Charming, with an undoubtedly interesting and little known setting, plus an ending that should have been trite but wasn't. 

  • I CAPTURE THE CASTLE by Dodie Smith. People who have been around for a hot minute already know this is my favorite book of my adolescence, which I am currently re-reading because I finally bought a copy that does not have the film adaptation on the cover. (!!) It is just as delightful and funny as I remember. Speaking of adolescence, I am also reading quite a bit of recent contemporary YA, including authors Loan Le, Monica Gomez-Hira, Maureen Goo, Brandy Colbert, Sandhya Menon, Gloria Chao, and Nina Moreno.

  • THE RUTHLESS LADY'S GUIDE TO WIZARDRY by C.M. Waggoner. For what I feel are obvious reasons, I picked this book up based on the title and immediately decided the vibes were too resplendent to resist. 

 

CURRENTLY LISTENING

  • Runaway by Tayo Sound. I believe this EP has been called "irresistible chilled-out pop," which is something I do frequently enjoy. This is another artist in the vein of Dominic Fike, potentially, and my favorite is the titular track. 

  • a touch of the beat gets you up on your feet gets you out and then into the sun by Aly & AJ. Yes, I said what I said! Aly & AJ wound up in my suggested tracks after listening to the newly explicit "Potential Breakup Song," aka a noteworthy fixture of my adolescence, but now I can't stop listening to the delicately transportive "Pretty Places."  

  • For Better Days by The Night Café. There's something undeniably compelling about indie pop from Britain, specifically Liverpool. Is it the imperialism or something? I don't know, but it's hard not to give in. The tracks are all very consistent, but "Up All Night" is immediately atmospheric. 

  • Planetarium by Glades. Glades is one of those pop bands where every time I stumble on a song by them, I enjoy it, and then promptly forget to follow up. Consistency is a curse! Luckily I have remembered to alert you that their newest album is full of bops. I dare you to have more fun than "Blonde" or "Get in the Way."