Gloria Oliver

Biography

Gloria Oliver lives in Texas making sure to stay away from rolling tumbleweeds while bowing to the never-ending wishes of her feline and canine masters.

Her previous works have been fantasy, urban fantasy, young adult fantasy novels, and science fiction. Several contain romantic and mystery elements. Her short stories of speculative fiction can be found in all manner of anthologies, covering things from the fantastic and strange to a Bubba Apocalypse.

Her first series is the Daiyu Wu Mysteries. Set in 1930 Dallas, TX, they follow the adventures of Daiyu Wu, Jacques Haskin, and Prince Razor (a Pomeranian Scottish terrier mix) who is her bodyguard and also a lady killer.

Gloria is a member in good standing of BroadUniverse though she has yet to make the list for Cat Slaves R Us. In her spare time, (what's that?) she watches TV shows, movies, and anime, plays PC games, as well as reads, as well as tinkering/maintaining multiple people’s websites.

For some free reads, sample chapters, appearance schedule, and more information on her and her works, please drop by and visit her at www.gloriaoliver.com

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Smashwords Interview

Describe your desk
My desk is a masterpiece in controlled chaos! :P Reference books, notes, promo materials, and more adorn it on top, the sides, and bleeds into a multitude of bookshelves. Mt family and pets moving things around at random.

Virtually, my desk has links, marketing books, folders with pictures, marketing bits, research bits, and pictures for book trailers. I never quite know what all is in either place at any point in time. :)
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born and raised in Puerto Rico. In my early teens, my family moved to Ohio, Texas, New Hampshire, and back to Texas. That's where I stayed.

Though Puerto Rico is a property of the United States, our main language is Spanish. English was my second language, though from my bad Spanish now, you would never know it. :P The culture had its own deep history and roots, unique foods and drinks, even as we, too got Kentucky Fried Chicken or ate at McDonald's.

While I had seen snow in movies and TV, it was when we moved to Ohio that I experienced it for the first time. So cold!

Seeing how people could be so different and yet so much the same, regardless of where they come from, has been invaluable when creating worlds of my own. Being able to see things from different perspectives always creates better, deeper stories.
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Where to buy in print

Videos

Inner Demons Book Trailer
It took everything from her, except revenge! Urban Fantasy Novel by Gloria Oliver Sample Chapters and more info at: www.gloriaoliver.com/demons *Also available here at Swashwords*

Cross-eyed Dragon Troubles Book Trailer
Talia didn’t want to be apprenticed, not even to the prestigious Dragon Knight’s Guild. YA Fantasy Novel by Gloria Oliver Sample chapters and more info at: www.gloriaoliver.com/crossed *available here at Smashwords*

In the Service of Samurai Book Trailer
The choice: Serve the undead or become one of them. YA Fantasy novel by Gloria Oliver Sample chapters and more info at: www.gloriaoliver.com/samurai

Alien Redemption Book Trailer
What if the savior was the one who needed saving? First contact gone wrong. Science Fiction Novel by Gloria Oliver Sample chapters and more info at: www.gloriaoliver.com/alien-redemption

Willing Sacrifice Book Trailer
To save the world she must die! Or must she? YA Fantasy novel by Gloria Oliver Sample chapters and more info at: www.gloriaoliver.com/willing-sacrifice

Vassal of El Book Trailer
Torn between two worlds, will he be able to save either of them? Fantasy novel by Gloria Oliver Sample chapters and more info at: www.gloriaoliver.com/vassal

Jewel of the Gods Book Trailer
Long Live the King! But will he? Fantasy novel by Gloria Oliver Sample chapters and more info at: www.gloriaoliver.com/jewel

Price of Mercy Book Trailer
Which is worse…the monster within or without? Fantasy novel by Gloria Oliver Sample chapters and more info at: www.gloriaoliver.com/price

Series

Daiyu Wu Mysteries
The Daiyu Wu Mysteries is set in the 1930s Dallas, TX. Daiyu is blind, Chinese, and female. A dangerous state during what the press called the insurgency of the Yellow Terror. The books are narrated by Jacques Haskin, Dai’s friend and confidant. Prince Razor, a Pomeranian Terrirt mix, is Dai's bodyguard and the third member of the group. Together, they will delve into the different facets of the people, the troubles, and the obstacles of this fascinating time in history.

Books

The JOY of Murder - A Daiyu Wu Mystery
Series: Daiyu Wu Mysteries. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 73,260. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
A socialite accused of murder, planted evidence, and mysterious enemies challenge blind detective Daiyu Wu in her new sleuthing adventure.
Jacques - A Daiyu Wu Mystery Prequel Short Story
Series: Daiyu Wu Mysteries. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 14,720. Language: American English. Published: March 3, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
How many times can a boy lose his home? When Jacques is transferred to the Buckners Orphans' Home in 1916 at the age of six, he hopes that he's finally found a place to belong. Unfortunately, he couldn't be more wrong. Then he stumbles on a once-in-a-lifetime chance to change everything—if he dares to take it. Origin/Prequel short story for Black Jade - A Daiyu Wu Mystery.
Black Jade - A Daiyu Wu Mystery
Series: Daiyu Wu Mysteries. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 68,970. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
Could an old-fashioned ballgown be used to commit murder? Daiyu Wu believes there's been a murder by arsenic poisoning. But being blind, Chinese, and living in Dallas in 1930 carries many impediments. Add in the fact that the police aren't aware of any foul play, and her job becomes doubly hard. With the help of her confidant, Jacques, Dai sets out to find the murdered and the murderer.
Inner Demons
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 90,400. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(5.00 from 1 review)
Tamara has three months of missing time. In those months, she’s seemingly ruined her best friend’s wedding, blackmailed her boss, turned her back on her family and heritage, and worse. Now she’s determined to find out how this happened, why, and then making those responsible pay!
Cross-eyed Dragon Troubles
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 126,270. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
Talia didn’t want to be apprenticed, not even to the prestigious Dragon Knight’s Guild. After a madcap ride on a cross-eyed dragon with an inner ear problem, she's even more convinced she doesn't want to be there. This place would never feel like home. Or would it?

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