After graduating with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Olivia initially trained to become a barrister. But as she prepared to take her first professional steps in law, she knew in her gut that she wasn’t on the right path.
As a natural with words, Olivia went into publishing instead, freelancing as a line-editor on the kind of sci-fi and fantasy fiction she loved as a reader. Olivia remained an avid gamer, and while she understood what made novels tick, she was fascinated by the way games tell stories. If editors were an established part of publishing books, Olivia saw no reason why the same shouldn’t be true for games.
Motivated by this feeling, Olivia reached out to the people whose games she was playing, until eventually somebody listened. As games are becoming more sophisticated, the players demand better writing, and Olivia knew this was an area where she could make a difference. She now works full-time for Failbetter Games, where her skills as a writer and editor have proved invaluable. Olivia describes her progress as incremental: each step is taking her closer to where she wants to be. She says it can take time, but if you use your talent as a guide, you’ll eventually find the right place to use it.