After writing essay after essay for Atlanta International School in Buckhead, all which followed the same plot, Lodise, now 17, of Buckhead, realized she had fallen in love with her characters and the story.
Her short stories turned into chapters of “Violet Path,” and by the time she ended her sophomore year at Atlanta International School, it was complete.
After finding BQB Publishing, a North Atlanta-based publishing company, and going through an editing process, Lodise said her book will be published next month
It is the first of Lodise’s projected trilogy, a science fiction, adventure and romance-packed tale of a teenage girl named Alexia, who is living in the aftermath of a third world war.
“I really think teenagers and young adults are my target audience,” Lodise said. “And people who like ‘The Hunger Games.’ … It is leaning toward that type of personality. There are a lot of plot twists.”
Of the book, BQB Publishing Marketing Manager Julie Breedlove said, “To me, it was similar to ‘The Hunger Games’ because when I first learned what it was about: teenagers, war and rebellion, I thought it wasn’t something I’d be interested in. But as I began reading, I was hooked.”
Lodise said “Violet Path” was originally written by hand, and filled the pages of several journals which traveled everywhere with her.
Although she is heavily involved with school and extracurricular activities, including martial arts, archery, robotics and playing three instruments, Lodise said time is not an issue with her writing.
“I’m kind of obsessed with writing. … My mind just kind of revolves around it,” she said. “Regardless of what time it is when I get home, whether it’s midnight or 6 in the evening, I’ll be writing. … My journals are by my bedside, so if I wake up in the middle of the night and I’m tired, I’m just going to write.”
She said she stayed motivated by daily life when writing “Violet Path” because she inserts similar conversations and situations of which she has with peers into the story line.
Lodise is working on the sequel and aims for the first draft to be complete in a few months.
“Olivia is a highly motivated teenager that is about to become an accomplished published author and ‘Violet Path’ is an impressive introduction to more great books to come,” Breedlove said.
Although her dream is to become a biomedical engineer to design and create artificial limbs, Lodise said she will never stop writing.
Her book will be available online and on Barnes and Nobles’ bookshelves throughout metro Atlanta.
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