About Olivia


The short of it

A former roving vagabond, Olivia Hennis currently lives in Pennsylvania. Ollie previously worked as an editor for an online magazine, managed a Halloween park, and read tarot for a living. From November 2012 to December 2017, Ollie was part of the Papercuts Podcast trio, chatting about and analyzing the Young Adult publishing world.

Find Ollie on Twitter, which is where they basically live, @OliviaHennis.

Writing Happens Sometimes

Olivia is currently hard at work expanding the Iron Garden adult urban fantasy series. You can enjoy new short stories set in this world by joining Ollie’s Patreon. Patrons at the Behind the Masks tier are rewarded with monthly snippets of old work and are the first to see upcoming cover reveals!

New Iron Garden stories are featured monthly on the First Look reward tier. Other stories are available from Olivia on Amazon.com.

Ollie’s work has been published with YA Magazine, pacificREVIEW, and Unfading Daydreams.


(Cover images by Cyna Martinez.)

Olivia is on hiatus from seeking representation for THE CLAWS THAT SCRATCH, a YA Urban Fantasy of three young women, their dual natures, and the confusion, betrayal, and helplessness of growing up.

Favorite Books

Young Adult

“How It Ends” by Laura Wiess
“On the Edge of Gone” by Corinne Duyvis
“Every Heart a Doorway” by Seanan McGuire
“The Dead and the Gone (Last Survivors, #2)” by Susan Beth Pfeffer
“History of Glitter and Blood” by Hannah Moskowitz
“The Wee Free Men” by Terry Pratchett
“Extras (Uglies #4)” by Scott Westerfeld
“How I Live Now” by Meg Rosoff
“A Separate Peace” by John Knowles
“Lessons from a Dead Girl” by Jo Knowles
“The Wrap-Up List” by Steven Arntson


“Borderline (The Arcadia Project #1)” by Mishell Baker
“The Great Train Robbery” by Michael Crichton
“Vittorio the Vampire” by Anne Rice
“An Artificial Night (October Daye #3)” by Seanan McGuire
“John Dies at the End” by David Wong
“This Book is Full of Spiders (Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It)” by David Wong
“The Talisman” by Stephen King and Peter Straub
“The Hound of the Baskervilles” by Arthur Conan Doyle
“The Stupidest Angel” by Christopher Moore

Middle Grade

“His Dark Materials Trilogy” by Phillip Pullman
“Anne of Green Gables” by L.M. Montgomery
“Rilla of Ingleside” by L.M. Montgomery
“Evil Genius” by Catherine Jinks
“The City of Ember” by Jeanne DuPrau
“Matilda” by Roald Dahl
“Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White


“There’s a Monster at the End of This Book”
“I Need My Monster”
“The Lorax”
“Chloe & Maude”
“The Runaway Bunny”
“Cat Walk” by Mary Stolz
“Caps for Sale”
“Baby’s First Mythos”

Graphic Novel

“The Wicked + The Divine”
“52, Volume 1 – 4”
“Hopeless, Maine”
“The Flintstones, Vol 1 & 2”


Ollie says: Once upon a time, I worked with an online magazine where–among other things–I interviewed YA authors. These links might die randomly but, until then, here’s some of the authors I interviewed:

Garth Nix interview: Clariel

Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl interview: Dangerous Creatures

Kami Garcia interview: Unmarked

Melissa De La Cruz interview: The Ring And The Crown

James Patterson interview: Homeroom Diaries

PC & Kristen Cast interview: Redeemed (House of Night)

Julie Kagawa interview: The Forever Song

Kass Morgan interview: The 100

Soman Chainani interview: A World Without Princes

Adi Alsaid interview: Let’s Get Lost

And I commissioned, content edited, and generally encouraged short stories as an editor there. Here are some of the ones I am most proud of working on, a lot of which deal with sexuality, gender, queer romance, and others. (Also, reading some of them again, I’m remembering how I was not always the last person to get to edit them, and that some of them still have a need for more feminism.):

“So Full Of Shapes Is Fancy” by Aleksander Shagalov

“My Own Terms” by Aleksander Shagalov

“New Bloom” by Genalissa Smith

“Survey Says” by Genalissa Smith

“What It’s Like” by Genalissa Smith

“The Family That Prays Together” by Genalissa Smith

“Unraveling the Mystery” by Genalissa Smith

“Our V-Day Miracle” by Kelsey Anderson

“A Cosmic Match” by Kelsey Anderson

“Reflection of a Leader” by Kelsey Anderson

“Popularity Contest” by Kelsey Anderson

“Moving On” by Cathy Jones

“Un-Taming the Shrew” by Cathy Jones


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