M. Oliva



Once a writer, always a writer!
As a child, I used to write about anything that came to mind; later on,my writings were focused on essays, anecdotes and poems. But I also had a passion for painting, initially drawing the human figure, followed by oil renditions of landscapes and animals.
When it became necessary to divert my full attention to a successful career path in banking, I had to put aside my artistic dreams. Down the road, after selective antiques collecting and planning, I opened my first store "Antiques are Forever," now inactive.

My involvement in antiques brought me back to art. My new emphasis was to study the masters' techniques by visiting museums or from acquired antique paintings. My new artistic vision included abstracts and modernism.

New creations included a series of over one hundred comic animals, several abstracts and, more recently, a series of paper birds set in a somewhat realistic environment. One day I realized that the paintings told a story; thus, the book-writing began. Birdyjosh and Birdylu, a Paper Birds' Story was published in 2011 in both paper back and eBook format. In 2012 a General Fiction young adult novel - Sublime Adoption, a Tale of Love and Mendacity - was published in Smashwords as an eBook. Another fully-illustrated book is in the works plus the Spanish version of the paper birds story, "Joseliyo y Lorilu, Mis Dos Pajaritos de Papel." Other projects include several novellas.

For the artist at heart, the calling never fades . . .

Smashwords Interview

How do you describe yourself as an artist?
I am a visual artist and book illustrator. I am also a writer. Mini bust sculptures had also captured my interest but after making a handful, the project was abandoned along with anything art-related. In reality, I saw the need to concentrate on my new career. Eighteen years later, after a successful tenure in banking, I started my own antiques business. Buying and selling fine art made me study the artists’ styles and techniques – one of the reasons to resume painting once I was on my own. Professional writing came later.
When did you start writing?
Throughout the years, I remember always having a pencil in hand for doodling and writing notes of anything that caught my attention. Initially, I wrote limericks at work for any occasion. They were well liked and, many times, there was a request for something special. Essays and short stories followed, along with poems. My first short-short story was “It Happened at The Horse Ranch” - one of my few non-fictional works.
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Where to buy in print


Book of Diverse Writings - Volume II
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,810. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2015. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » Love, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
My Poetry Styles' Honest Disclaimer - its full version appearing at the end of the book- makes light of the mixed styles the reader may find in this collection: “I love writing… Poems or prose… But I must confess… Without apologies… My verses do not… Conform to the norm… Not Classic at all!” Themes: romance, abstract, motivational, inspirational, Haiku, about animals and nature, love above all.
Book of Diverse Writings - Volume I
Price: $1.59 USD. Words: 42,780. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
As the title implies, this book contains diverse writings separated by categories: short stories, essays, anecdotes and trivia that can be read in three minutes each or less. Hidden, the featured crime mystery can be read in about thirty minutes. Plots center on abductions, astronauts, drones, hole punch clouds, magical, mystical; pirates, tall tales, etc. Themes abound for unique readers' tastes.
Sublime Adoption ~ A Tale of Love and Mendacity
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 61,180. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
What starts as a humane love story linked to a noble adoption turns into a tale of deceit and mendacity with four young adults quickly maturing by the forces of life turns or poor choices. The poignant story evolves from twisted and tormented souls ultimately yearning for redemption. The final surprise revelations open the path to sincere forbearance and new beginnings for all.