Olivia Reel, WI

Junior Writer

Olivia Shaw-Reel began writing short stories at seven, completed her first full-length novel at nine, and was published by ten years old. Over the years, she has contributed to several esteemed magazine and newspaper outlets, including The Milwaukee Times, Girlfriends Health Guide for Everyday Women, and Fellas Lifestyle Magazine. In 2015, she released her first novel, Soul Cry, which sat at #1 for sixteen consecutive weeks on the Amazon Top 100 charts. Since then, Olivia has written and published more than 25 romance and Christian fiction novels. Olivia also enjoys helping others accomplish their literary dreams through her faith-based consulting company. To date, she has published and ghostwritten more than 100 memoirs and self-help books for authors across the nation. She resides in Milwaukee with her husband and together, they host The Reel Love Podcast, in between cruising to tropical islands.

As a StoryTerrace writer, Olivia interviews customers and turns their life stories into books. Get to know her better by reading her autobiographical anecdote below.

She Believed She Could, So She Did…

Fearlessness didn’t just start at the publication of my first novel at 24, experiencing my first plane ride at ten, or taking on a Managing Editor position for a local magazine at 21.

I’d say it started somewhere between eating my favorite cherry-flavored popsicle outside and deciding to climb onto the rooftop of my childhood home. Eighteen months. That’s the age I was introduced to fearlessness, as I left my four-year-old sister’s side, looked adventure in the face, and ultimately wanted to explore.

As my next door neighbor cut his grass, the constant buzz of the lawnmower seemed to hypnotize me, luring me onto uncharted territories, and to the edge of the rooftop where I peered down at him in curiosity.

“Libby! Where are you?” I heard my mother ask.

It had been less than a minute since she’d last checked on my sister and I. Then, I heard a gasp.

“Oh…my…goodness! Mark, come here!”

Giggling uncontrollably, I looked back at the door where my parents now stood in terror, unsure what to do next. I couldn’t understand why my mother was freaking out and my father was doing his best to calm her down. If they made a sudden move, I’d think it was time to play and run; so they gently called my name until my legs had a mind of their own, bringing me back down to safety in their awaiting arms.

Fearlessness—much like your decision in taking the first steps in sharing your story—starts with a desire to achieve and execute the unknown. I believed I could, so I did, and you can too.

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