A dear friend recently described me as a woman with a mission, and maybe that’s as good a place as any to start explaining myself. When I’m not lost somewhere in my head, I aim to get sh*t done, and that’s pretty much how I’ve been my whole life. What’s the point in doing something if you aren’t going to put your all into it and be passionate?
When it comes to writing, I try to apply the same deliberate thoughtfulness that I put into all other areas of my life. If anything, this is area I devote most of my energy and attention to. Consider it a core personality trait. I am a writer —I gladly let that label sit on my shoulders.
What maybe doesn’t get advertised as readily (depending on how you came to find yourself reading this) is that I have Opinions on things. Being of the predisposition to ponder, I have given a great deal of thought to the world around me. Conclusions may have been drawn and stances taken. For instance, I am a staunch and unrepentant feminist. I mention this because no opinion is worth having if you aren’t going to stand behind it. For me, that takes shape through my work. I’m only one person, but words and ideas are mighty, so maybe in this way I can help change the world for the better. That’s all I’ve ever wanted to do, really.
Olivia Black was born and raised in the suburbs of Montreal. She studied Literature and Professional Writing at Concordia University, and continues to live and write in the city. She is the proud mother of two cats.
DEC Dawson College, 2008
CALL Program: Literature
BAC Concordia University, 2015
minor in Profesional Writing