The writing of "Finding Olivia" was prompted after the author, a real-life judge somewhere in the United States, met a young Vietnamese woman who is many years his junior. They met during a Mandarin Chinese class at a local college. He became enthralled with, and then completely obsessed with her without, at the time, knowing why. After losing contact, he undertook a desperate search 'to find' her which included writing "Finding Olivia." Critical to a full understanding of the book is his definition of 'finding her'.Over time, the judge who is very judicious, but eccentric, discovered a major polarization in his life. "The height of his love for Olivia is the depth of his disdain for evil." On almost a daily basis, he hears cases involving the most heinous facts imaginable. Some of them are summarized in graphic brutal detail to justify what he feels to be appropriate punishment. 'On his own time', an important definition, he wishes he could administer punishment that is consistent with eye-for-an-eye justice in certain cases. Sometimes, in frustration, he realizes he must administer recognized justice to all who appear before the court.Although "Finding Olivia" is rooted in serious subject matter and presents harsh discourse at times, the reader will conclude it is, in fact, a pleasingly romantic and sweet love story.