Olivia Gates has been a singer, a painter, a women's
accessories designer, a wife, a mother — oh, and a doctor,
too. She's still all that, even if singing, painting and
designing have taken a back seat, while her wife, mother
and doctor sides have been pushed to the forefront.
She can see you wondering — uhh, what about writing?
Yes, she's always written, too, admittedly more off than
on as she ran around being all of the above. Somehow, she
never thought a writing career was an option.
Then with the purchase of her first computer in 2001
(yeah, a bit behind, but she prefers to refer to it as
her "millennium upgrade!") and her introduction to
cyberspace, she found eHarlequin.com and discovered that
the publisher whose books she'd grown up devouring
accepted un-agented manuscripts from first-time writers.
A determined spree of submissions (95% of them clueless
until she actually learned the real hard business of
writing!) and two years later, she sold her first book,
Doctors on the Frontline to Harlequin Medical Romance. The
day she received a face-to-face call from her editor in
her first ever writing conference among her writing
friends and idols, the only ones who really understand
what this achievement means, retains the place of honor in
her life as its most exciting day!
Since July 2003, it's been a roller-coaster ride of
activity and productivity, since she's now a full-time
doctor and author. (DON'T ask!)
She's written several more books for the Medical line, and
also for the Bombshell series, Silhouette's hot, heroine-
oriented, action-adventure line!
The funny (and weird) part is that until Olivia had
written the book that sold, she'd never thought of writing
medical-oriented books. Now all her books have daring,
dedicated medical heroes and heroines scorching up the
pages in unrelenting, against-all-odds adventures, helping
people in need while struggling with the turmoil of their
own lives and overriding passions.
Olivia Gates lives with her alpha husband, lovely daughter
and their white Angora cat. Her husband is her adviser
and, with her incredible mother, her staunchest supporter.
Her daughter gives her plot ideas, and they're all along
the lines of a doctor trying to reach his patients on a
hot rainbow barefoot. With an imagination like that,
Olivia's encouraging her to write her own books. Olivia's
cat curls up on her lap, cramping her and critically
watching the story unfold on the screen, then tries to
edit the manuscript to his liking by walking all over the