Dorri Olds Books

Eight Book Anthologies

The first of the eight book anthologies that I have listed here is: “Creative People…and what makes them tick.” Author Michelle Monet interviewed me about my work as a creative nonfiction writer of personal essays, my journalism and successful art shows. Many of you may not know that before the writing, my background included years of art school at Boston University, The Art Institute of Boston, Bard College and Parsons School of Design. After graduating from Parsons, I dove into commercial art while also pursuing a fine arts career. I sold 51 paintings during my fine arts days. This was a fun Q&A with Monet, who has had a colorful life as a creative entrepreneur.

Featured Author/Artisan: Dorri Olds, Writer, Journalist, Fine Artist

Creative People … and what makes them tick (2017). There are many books about famous creative people throughout history. You can search the internet for information on Michelangelo, Picasso and also modern-day creatives like Elon Musk, J.K. Rowling or Stephen Spielberg. In this book anthology, Michelle Monet interviewed Dorri Olds, along with other creatives to find out what makes them tick. Much to my surprise and delight, when the book was released I saw that Monet had devoted a whole section to our discussion about me and my work—including my work in progress, my first full-length book is narrative nonfiction about women who have survived rape and what they did or can do to recovery. Many women never told anyone about the sexual assault but have trusted me with their stories. Many of them have/had PTSD throughout this #MeToo and #TimesUp movement. Because I got so much better after I went public with my story, I have reached out to these women to offer to listen to their stories and include them in my book. Many of them had kept their secret for decades.  The book is scheduled for release early 2019 and is focused on how women can regain their strength after rape trauma. Many experts weigh in on the many tools we survivors can use to recover. It’s about not only surviving, it’s about thriving.

More Book Anthologies

The following is a list of book anthologies that include my creative nonfiction in the form of essays and short stories. This collection is of a lighter variety than my typically dark and troubled tales. Although my heart always lies with the dark side, I do relish positivity and inspirational writings also. Enjoy!

Easy as A, B, C

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Positive: 101 Inspirational Stories about Changing Your Life through Positive Thinking (2012). Attitude is everything. This is an inspirational and uplifting book with tales about the power of positive thinking. In bad times, and good, readers will be encouraged to keep a positive attitude.

Compassion and a Cannoli

Chicken Soup for the Tea Lover’s Soul: Stories Steeped in Comfort (2007). Is enjoying a cup of tea your favorite part of the day? Is the brewing of a ‘cuppa’ a ritual that centers and calms you? Reconnect with the silent intimacy and introspection experienced while sipping tea.

Skinny Dotty and Her Chocolates

Chicken Soup for the Chocolate Lover’s Soul: Indulging in Our Sweetest Moments (2007). If you can’t live without a daily bite of chocolate, have visions of chocolate truffles dancing in your head, you will savor the decadence of this collection of stories.

Chicken Soup for the Recovering Soul by Dorri Olds

Chicken Soup for the Recovering Soul: Your Personal, Portable Support Group with Stories of Healing, Hope, Love and Resilience (2005). Find inspiration for change and personal growth in each story as people in this dynamic community share their experiences of transformation, of lives reclaimed, of relationships renewed and futures full of promise.

With Help From a Friend

Chicken Soup for the College Soul: Inspiring and Humorous Stories About College (1998)

A collection of stories meant to guide, inspire, support and encourage readers throughout their college experiences.

The Charleston Dancer

At Grandmother’s Table: Women Write about Food, Life and the Enduring Bond between Grandmothers and Granddaughters (2001)

What would you give for an afternoon in your grandmother’s kitchen? Leaning over the countertop, you watched as she added the flour, just a little at a time, to the bowl. It seemed like magic.

Oy, Come All Ye Faithful

The Ultimate Christmas: The Best Experts’ Advice for a Memorable Season with Stories and Photos of Holiday Magic (2008)

An entertaining, touching, and uplifting collection of true stories and awe-inspiring photographs of holiday magic, love, family — and a bit of mania.


Frankie and Bobby: Growing Up Zappa

I had the pleasure of working with rock icon Frank Zappa’s younger brother Bobby Zappa on this coming of age memoir, Frankie and Bobby: Growing Up Zappa. The book is full of rich stories that will stay with me always. It would be fun to go back and tell my teenage self that in 2015 I would have this wonderful opportunity to write about one of my favorite musicians.