Who is Olivia Leighton?
Hey there! I’m Olivia and thanks for checking out my blog! I am a self-published fiction author and a motivational coach. I live in Fort Worth with the love-of-my-life, Jimmy, our three children (Memzy, Bri, and Benji), and our two dogs, Buttons and Vegas.
I had a rough start at writing. I fell upon it as an escape from my life. Unhappily married at the time, obese, and having recently moved to a new town where I had no family, no friends and no connections, I needed something. I daydreamed about the perfect man rescuing me… just that perfect man happened to be either a vampire or a werewolf. (NO! Not like Edward and Jacob, but more Elijah from the Originals.)
Honestly, when I first published on Amazon, I didn’t expect anything to come of it. I enjoyed what I wrote and thought maybe some other people would to. But, wouldn’t you know it, after a couple of months, I got a check. What?? Weird… so I kept writing and began honing my book marketing skills, from the importance of a GOOD cover to keywords and blurbs. Six months later, my to-be-deposited royalties were 6k+. Holy crap! I’d read about other authors that wrote for years only scraping $100 at max out of self-publishing… I was making more than my then husband only after six months!
So, after taking some time off to re-evaluate things, (get a divorce, find myself again, get married to a great man and then have a son with him), I felt it was time to get back. This time, I am hoping to help other self-publishers figure things out too. 🙂