Author Jonathan Olivier was raised in Port Allen, Louisiana, a small town on the Mississippi River, just a stone’s throw from Baton Rouge. Olivier attended LSU, where he wrote for the school newspaper, The Daily Reveille, honing his journalism skills by reporting on topics including economic development and community issues. Since his 2013 graduation, he has worked as a freelance journalist for publications including Outside, Backpacker, and Louisiana Sportsman magazines, penning in-field gear reviews and backpacking reports, feature articles on hunting, fishing, hiking and outdoor recreation, as well as general news and business reporting.
Olivier’s 2016 debut novel, Between the Levees, was inspired by not only his love for the wilderness of Louisiana’s Atchafalaya River Basin, but also as his Cajun lineage. The book tells the story of Sam Miller, a man who yearns to find his long-lost family, and travels into the swamps of Louisiana in search of clues. Along the way, he endures blistering heat, swarms of mosquitoes and a few sinister locals, but in the process, learns new lessons about family and the meaning of home.