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Into the Mind of an Author: Rachel A Olson

Sovereign Plague by Rachel A Olson Coming Soon!
photo courtesy of No Sweat Graphics by Rachel A Olson

Tell us a little bit about yourself, anything you’d like your readers to know:
I’m a single mother of one, living in a small college town on the western side of Nebraska. I’m a bit strange, random, and very in touch with my inner child. Also, I like pie and shiny things. Oh, and I’m a unicorn with a red dragon spirit. Crazy much?

What made you decide to become an author?
I’ve always been a writer. I started writing at the age of 7, wrote my first novel in 7th grade, and always had some sort of writing project in the works throughout high school. I just do it because it’s a part of me.

Who are your favorite authors, and how have they influenced your writing?
I’ve only read a few of his books, but Michael Crichton’s Timeline was one of the best written, most motivational books I’ve ever read. His writing style is flawless, and I was able to grasp the concept of Quantum Physics without actually knowing the slightest thing about it. As an adult, I truly enjoy and appreciate Dannika Dark, Kelli McCracken, Gena D. Lutz, and several others. Each have a totally different writing style, but they suck me in every time. Feeling their passion in their words rejuvenates my own desire to write and lose myself in a world unknown.

Where can we find you online?
Oy…uh everywhere?
http://facebook.com/authorrachelaolson
http://twitter.com/whitesouljamma
http://amazon.com/author/rachelaolson
http://about.me/rachel.a.olson (All sites I may have forgotten can be found on this link.)
http://rachelaolson.com

Tell us about your book!
Sovereign Plague is a story I took on upon the request of my younger stepsister. She’d been begging me for YEARS to write a story just for her. Though it barely surpassed 30k words, it was a 2+ year project. I had a hard time getting into the storyline and the characters because I didn’t feel like they were my characters. To top it off, the feel of the story was far from what I was used to writing. I took almost 8 months off of writing and really grounded myself with other things (like graphic designing). Finally, Barrick, the main character, started yelling in my ear. Literally. He wouldn’t leave me alone until I finished, and it didn’t take me long after that.

Sovereign Plague is a futuristic, post-apocalyptic Paranormal Romance meant for kiddos 18 years of age and up. It’s got drama, gore, language, suspense, and of course sex. Raunchy sex. The stuff that makes your mom blush. Okay, maybe just my mom (I hope she never sees this. Seriously.). It has an underlying Noir feel to it (so I’m told), and a rough-around-the-edges MC that you’ll (hopefully) fall in love with.

Everyone has their idiosyncrasies, what’s yours?
I’m really not sure I have any that are unusual. Sure, I talk to myself AND answer myself. I argue with my characters, and sometimes laugh out loud to things they say in my head. I listen to music the characters like, but not necessarily what I like. I stare at walls and chase floating dust particles with my vision. Other than that, I can’t think of anything spectacular. I’m just me, sitting over here, wondering how long my left butt cheek has been asleep.

What’s your favorite book turned movie and why?
I think I’m gonna have to go with Lord of the Rings: Twin Towers. Why? Because I can see myself in it. I would be the sexiest chubby elf on horseback you ever did see! And it’s the best book AND movie out of the trilogy.

What’s your favorite genre to read?
Paranormal/Fantasy. I don’t mind romance and/or erotica. I don’t mind crime, mystery, or suspense. I don’t mind any of the other genres, as long as there are weird little creatures or magical powers or something outside of what we consider realistic or scientifically feasible.

Which do you do more, read or write, and why?
I’m going to have to say read. As much as I enjoy writing, even the creators of worlds have to pull their inspiration, motivation, and creativity from somewhere. Reading provides all of that, along with a sense of relaxation and rejuvenation. Having several other voices in your head is exhausting. You have to take a break sometimes.

What is your writing process like, and what’s your favorite part of it?
I like to go from start to finish. The only time I ever write a scene in the middle before I actually get around to it, is when it comes to me and is just too good to wait or try to remember later. Favorite part? Plotting. Before the actual writing begins. The building excitement as the storyline unfolds right before my eyes. It’s an incredible, indescribable feeling.

Has your work been featured anywhere?
If it has, I’m unaware. I write for me. If anyone enjoys it along the way, bonus points. If not, no skin off my back. That being said, I’ve never been approached to have any of my works featured.

What are you working on now?
I’m not actively working on anything since I just finished Sovereign Plague. I do have 5 works lined up, two of which I’ve actually started.

What's next for you?
I have a trilogy to finish. That’s likely to be my first goal. I’ve also been promising to write a sequel to my debut, so that’ll be next. None of my plans are guaranteed since characters have minds of their own and tend to make my choices for me, whether I like it or not.

Where do you see yourself in five years--in a literary sense?
Honestly, I don’t do any of this to make a career of it. I do this because it’s part of who I am. If I make a little cash along the way, that’s just a bonus. I’ll keep writing because I have to. Can you walk without legs or prosthetics? No. Can I keep my sanity (what’s left of it) without writing? No.

What’s the best advice you have for an aspiring author?
If you want to write, just do it. Don’t let anyone tell you what you can or cannot do. Don’t let cost get in your way (there are ways to do it without much for funds). If you don’t know what to write, just write nonsense. Don’t do it for money, don’t do it because of peer pressure, don’t do it because you feel obligated. Do it because you’re passionate about writing. Do it because your bones ache if you don’t. Do it as therapy. Remove “I can’t” from your vocabulary. Become the little train that could. Listen to Nike.