Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Meet Olivia Newport


Author Olivia Newport has been married for over thirty years and has two twenty-something kids. She is blessed to live in Colorado at the foot of the Rockies.


Glad to have you as our guest, Olivia. Tell us a little about your current release.
In Plain View continues the story arc begun in Accidentally Amish—though it’s not essential to read the first book to enjoy the second one. Annie Friesen has made some drastic changes in her life because of her attraction to the Amish way of life, and now she discovers that the simple life is one of the most complicated things she has ever done. An intertwining historical story about the Amish, set during the Revolutionary War, highlights a similar theme. Plain living does not mean decisions are easy.

What was your journey to your first sale like? 
  1. Long and winding
  2. Like a roller-coaster ride
  3. Like a rocket...blast off!
  4. Other
B. Like a roller-coaster! You buckle in and wait for the ride, but you can’t be sure how fast you’ll end up going or what your stomach is going to feel like. Hoping. Furious writing. Simultaneously anticipating and dreading reaching the point where descent begins. Believing in the project, then doubting the whole business. Setting aside a manuscript you believe in to try something else. Waiting. The rejections, and finally a contract. (That book was The Pursuit of Lucy Banning.)

If you could be plopped down in any era and locale in history, when and where would you want to end up?
Well, it might not be an easy time to live, but when I visit historical locations I drift toward the middle of the nineteenth century, and increasingly toward urban settings. It was such a time of drastic socio-economic change in the United States. I’m fascinated with how many threads of our life together today trace back to that period of time.

Tell us a little about what you’d be doing to occupy your time in that era and locale, and a glimpse at what you’d be wearing and eating.
The mid-nineteenth century offered virtually no middle class, and few occupations for women, so I suppose it would depend on which end of the economy I landed in during my time travels. Perhaps I would be caught up in issues of social and workplace justice. I do think that some experiences that bring joy to our lives are universal, like love and faith, so I would likely be involved with family and faith communities, just as I am now. I am quite certain of one thing: if I had any memory of living in my own time, I would gawk at the gowns of the time while also finding the fashions too confining for my tastes.

How would Annie in In Plain View finish these statements:
In my free time, I love to _analyze problems_.
One word my friends and family would use to describe me is _tenacious_.
The one quality that gets me in trouble is my _independence_.
If I suddenly inherited a lot of money I would _give it away_.


Answer Olivia‘s question below for a chance to win a copy of In Plain View. Include your email address in the form of name[at]domain[dot]com and respond before 8:30 a.m. EDT this Friday morning to qualify for the drawing. This week, U.S. and Canada readers may qualify. 

In Plain View features two young women, Annie and Ruth, who wrestle with the balance between background and calling. What sometimes makes it hard for you to take the next step toward your own future?


9 comments:

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Unknown said...

I tend to be shy, quiet and stand back and watch something. I am scared about taking that next step since I don't know how it will turn out.
I need to have Faith!

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Marissa said...

I haven't had to make big decisions about my future until recently. I'm heading to college this fall all by myself in a new state and I'm very nervous. I know it will be good for me, but a challenge as well. Since I don't know what the outcome will be, I question my decision and if it was the right one.

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karenk said...

lack of faith.

thanks for the chance to read this novel.

karenk
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

Well, the thing about my future now is feeling bad so much and not being really able to plan things for it is a come and go thing, so never know if I will be able to or not. Like right now I have been sick since the last of April and can't seem to get well. And, yes I have been to a lung specialist. and tho I was having lots of fleme from nose and mouth, sent me home saying he'd see me in 3 mos. I have this real deep hoarse cough that won't go away. Cough so hard feel like will tear me apart. I'm praying so hard to be better by TH. when my out of town daughter is coming, then all 3 will be here for a sleepover on Fri. She wants me to go home with her, but it is questionable. I pray I will be able to as I don't get to go much. I'd like to win this book.
MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Well, the thing about my future now is feeling bad so much and not being really able to plan things for it is a come and go thing, so never know if I will be able to or not. Like right now I have been sick since the last of April and can't seem to get well. And, yes I have been to a lung specialist. and tho I was having lots of fleme from nose and mouth, sent me home saying he'd see me in 3 mos. I have this real deep hoarse cough that won't go away. Cough so hard feel like will tear me apart. I'm praying so hard to be better by TH. when my out of town daughter is coming, then all 3 will be here for a sleepover on Fri. She wants me to go home with her, but it is questionable. I pray I will be able to as I don't get to go much. I'd like to win this book.
MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

Merry said...

The fear of the unknown holds me back. God has shown me so many times He is able to see me through whatever next step I need to take... he is so faithful.
Worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

Amy C said...

I worry so much about how things will turn out. Which that holds me back quite a bit. I have to remember that God is in control and whatever happens the next step will end up the way it is meant to be.
campbellamyd at gmail dot com

Wendy Newcomb said...

Fear, fear of the unknown, about how it would affect my family and mostly is it what The Lord wants me to do.

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P.S. If my comment shows up 2 or 3 times I'm sorry, but I've tried commenting two other times and it hasn't appreared, after waiting a few hours I checked and it still wasn't appearing so here I am trying again, lol. Yes, I can be persistant.