While remodeling her 100 year-old home, author Ella Joy Olsen realized that many of the things she was discarding were once seen as beautiful and meaningful pieces to the previous residents of the property. Through these objects she was able to connect to the women of a by-gone Utah, and thus found the inspiration for her first novel of historical fiction.
Published in 2016, Ella’s novel “Root, Petal, Thorn”, follows a young widow who becomes interested in the history of her Sugar House bungalow home by following the lives of five women who occupied the house before her. Ella’s second novel, “Where the Sweet Bird Sings”, is set to be published September 2017.
In addition to her accomplishments as an author, Ella is a new instructor for the Lifelong Learning Program. Her course “Historical Fiction – Remaking the Past”, is currently full of aspiring writers looking to unlock the secrets to using historical fact to tell personal narratives. The class will be available once again in the Fall Semester, so keep a look out for details.
You can learn more about Ella, her novels and her interest in historical fiction at the links below:
April 2017 Radio West Interview: http://radiowest.kuer.org/post/our-homes-their-histories
July 2016 Salt Lake Tribune Article: http://www.sltrib.com/home/4137850-155/three-writers-find-literary-inspiration-in
Ella Joy Olson Bio: https://continue.utah.edu/lifelong/instructor/591102