Born in Manhattan, Olivia Rigal spent her youth going back and forth between her French mother in France and her American father in the United States. She lived and studied in both countries before settling in France to raise her family.
She enjoys playful storytelling at night, a pleasant change from her day job writing a different type of literature. Indeed she practices law during office hours.
She loves to read, sing, cook, swim and sleep.
She has a passion for leopard and is always wearing at least one piece of it … whether you can see or not.
Olivia has travelled throughout South East Asia and has a special fondness for Laos and Thailand. She loves nothing more than swimming in white waters such as those of the Kuang Si Falls or through the waves of the Atlantic Ocean in MacArthur Beach State Park close to her Florida home.
What inspires you to write?
I love story telling and am amazed how often reality exceeds the wildest fiction I could have come up with.
I try to make my stories believable but often I wonder why I bother since people really do the craziest things!
Tell us about your writing process.
I have a general story line. I know where I’m starting from and I have an idea of where I want to end. It does not mean I’ll end up there but at least I have a sense of direction. Right now I’m writing the fourth and final part of a series and I’m stuck because I’m not sure where I want to go anymore.
The software I use is Scrivener and I love it.
I like to recycle … what I mean by that is that when I’ve created a character that I like that character will pop out in my other books.
It’s the case with Eve, the central character of my first book. She’s like a jack in the box.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
No I don’t listen or talk to them per se. I dream about them. I fall asleep thinking about them and when I wake up they’ve decided what to do. Well that’s when they’re in a good mood. When they’re not then I’m stuck and I sulk. I stop playing with them….
What advice would you give other writers?
I don’t feel comfortable giving anyone any advice but just write if you feel like it and then throw it out there. The worst that can happen is no one will read it and there will be no harm done but guess what, if someone likes it then you have your first reader!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I have a friend who used to be a lawyer and then she started writing and self published and now she does it full time and she made it to the NYT best seller list and she’s amazing.
I thought I would give it a try last year but since I’m still working full time as a self employed attorney it’s hard to find the time.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It’s a permanently evolving market. The big house are not about to go under but the indies should keep on growing.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Romance, contemporary romance,
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print