Guest Post: Debut Author Olivia Newport
Today my friend and fellow debut author, Olivia Newport, shares a quote with us. Olivia will be joining me, Katie Ganshert and Dani Pettrey for an a-ma-zing launch party on May 15th! Mark your calendars & plan to join us.
“It always happens. When you give these little people power, it goes to their head like strong drink.” Violet Crawley, dowager countess of Downton Abbey
I do love the dowager. She’s one of the reasons I got hooked on Downton Abbey, the popular PBS Masterpiece Classic series. Her sense of superiority lets you know just where you stand. This quote comes from a moment when Violet Crawley did not get her way with a person whom she considered to be beneath her social status, but who had authority in a particular decision.
Another reason the show captivates me is that I’ve written a book called The Pursuit of Lucy Banning set slightly before the era of Downton Abbey, but with many of the same themes—the rich and the not rich, social structures in upheaval, young women striving to discover who they might become, young men examining what it means to love.
My characters in a wealthy neighborhood of 1893 Chicago mirror Violet Crawley and her opulent, privileged environment. And then the glass turns on my own life. Violet Crawley would not have given a working stiff like me the time of day, but she challenges me to look—really look—at the people in my life.
Who are the people I fail to notice? Who are the people I feel superior to? Who are the people who support my life and keep me comfortable? May God give me grace to make space for them, to nurture genuine connections, to be an instrument of God’s love.
Olivia Newport’s novels twist through time to discover where faith and passions meet. Her husband and two twenty-something children provide welcome distraction from the people stomping through her head on their way into her books. She chases joy in stunning Colorado at the foot of the Rockies, where day lilies grow as tall as she is. Find her at www.olivianewport.com.
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