Libbie Grant is a bestselling novelist who also writes under the pen name Olivia Hawker. She is a three-time finalist for the WILLA Literary Award for Historical Fiction, the Washington State Book Award, and the Audie Award for outstanding audiobooks. Her novel The Prophet’s Wife was recommended by the New York Times Review of Books, and One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow, a favorite of readers around the world, was among Amazon’s top 100 bestselling books of 2020 in all genres. She teaches workshops and master classes on craft and on the business of writing at conferences and retreats across North America.
Libbie’s career as a writer began with self-publishing, and she is still a fierce advocate for indie authors and a champion of the paradigm-busting, creatively fertile indie scene. Her plans for the latter half of the 2020s include bringing long-form fiction to new audiences in ways that have nothing to do with books, including here on Substack, for supporting subscribers.
Find Libbie’s novels here:
The Prophet’s Wife - a literary novel exploring the foundation of the Mormon faith, told through the eyes of Emma Hale Smith, the first and only legal wife of Joseph Smith.
Writing as Olivia Hawker:
Libbie’s pen name is where you’ll find her “book club” historical fiction, which she writes for Lake Union Publishing. What does book club fiction mean? It’s “upmarket” (i.e. kinda fancy) and it’s intended to make people initiate discussions with one another about broader social themes.
As of the fall of 2023, there are five Olivia Hawker novels and one short story available, with at least three more to come in subsequent years.