I talked to Olivia Matthews at the Ohioana Book Festival.
When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
When I was 9 years old.
How long did it take for you to write the book?
What is your writing schedule when you are writing?
I had a full-time job outside of writing. I wrote about 2 hours in the morning, an hour for lunch then two hours when I got home. Nine months is through the conception of the idea, through the outline, through the first draft and five rounds of revisions.
What is your interesting/unique writing quirk if you have one?
I’m a two-fisted coffee drinker. That’s all I’m going to admit to.
What is the most surprising thing you learned when writing this book?
A catholic Sister is the amateur sleuth. The book takes place during the Advent season. I learned a lot about the meaning and goal of the Advent season, even though I was raised Catholic.
Why did you write this book? What makes it special?
The media shows Catholic sisters as being judgmental and dour. I wanted my books to dispel the myths about Catholic sisters.
Where can a person buy your book?
They are in free standing book stores, Barnes and Noble, Books a Million, Target, Walmart and they are also online. Amazon.com, and barnesandnoble.com
Is there anything I didn’t ask you that you want to add?
I write romance as Patricia Sargeant.
Any barriers as a person of color?
There are some barriers both visible and invisible. For example, in the romance industry people don’t see black love as romance. They see it as a sub-genre of romance. It’s not. Black love is black love. One of the values of reading books is to learn what commonalities we have and to embrace the differences we have. When they try to put black love in a sub-genre, it is almost as though this is only for black people, and not for anybody else. We must fight that. We must break down those walls. Love is love.