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🎙 INTERVIEW: Writing About Love, Relationships, and Culture w/ Digital Writer & Debut Novelist Olivia Petter

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** This is a LIVE interview with author Olivia Petter about the craft of writing and reality of building a writing career. Attendees will be sent a recording after the interview. **


How can writers navigate the complexities of culture, relationships, and social issues in their work? How can one grow an audience while maintaining authenticity in their writing?

Olivia Petter is an award-winning journalist, author, and broadcaster based in London. Her debut novel, Gold Rush, explores themes of consent and celebrity culture, offering a gripping narrative about contemporary societal issues.

Join us for a conversation with Olivia as we explore her journey from journalism to fiction writing, her approach to storytelling, and her strategies for engaging and expanding her audience.

We’ll also explore:

  • How Olivia found her niche in pop culture, relationships, mental health, and more

  • Her approach to her broader writing career and audience growth

  • The experience of hosting The Independent’s chart-topping Millennial Love podcast

  • The challenges and rewards of transitioning from non-fiction to fiction

About Olivia Petter 

Olivia Petter is an award-winning journalist, author, and broadcaster based in London. As a journalist, she specialises in violence against women, pop culture, relationships, mental health, sexual health, travel, fashion, and beauty. Her writing has been published in The Sunday Times, British Vogue, British GQ, Grazia, Stylist, Refinery29, The Independent, The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Daily Mail, The Sun, and The Huffington Post.

Olivia’s work regularly leads to appearances on TV and radio, with credits including BBC World News, BBC Three, Good Morning Britain, ITV News, Woman’s Hour, Broadcasting House, and The PM Show.She has hosted The Independent’s chart-topping Millennial Love podcast since 2017. In 2023, Olivia relaunched the podcast under the name Love Lives.

Olivia’s first book, Millennial Love, was published by 4th Estate in July 2021. Described as “honest and funny” by Pandora Sykes, the book is based on Olivia’s podcast of the same name and blends social commentary with memoir and interviews. Her debut novel, Gold Rush, will be published by 4th Estate in July 2024.


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