Featured Author of the Month
Exclusive Interview with Olivia Gaines
Author, blogger and adult educator are a few of the hats this bibliophile wears. Olivia holds a BA in Mass Communications from the University of Alabama in Birmingham and a Masters in Organizational Management. When she is not teaching others the art of writing, she is penning short stories and romantic adventures.
Olivia Gaines is your pen name. Why did you choose to use a pen name?
OG: When I first decided to put my work out there, I was still on the podium with a full class load. One, I did not want the class distracted by discussing characters and plot choices in my work, and two, I did not want to have someone be cruel, telling me the work was horrendous. Then, I would have been faced with the choice of whether or not to flunk that student for being a smart ass. All kidding aside, I mainly chose the pen name to honour our mother, whom we lost to breast cancer. Olivia Gaines Aaron was an advocate of education, a bibliophile and lover of learning. I felt I could honour her dream by allowing her legacy of reading to live on through me. I’m not sure how she would feel about Two Nights in Vegas so, Mama, please forgive me.