Superversive Sunday Spotlight: John M. Olsen

Welcome to this week’s Superversive Sunday Spotlight. Every week we will chat with a Superversive author that you really should be reading.

John OlsenThis week we welcome Superversive author, John M. Olsen:

How long have you been writing?

That’s actually an interesting question. My first published fiction was in 1995 in Internet World magazine. As far as I know, it may be about the only fiction they ever published. After that, I wrote several chapters in books about software development. I didn’t get serious again about writing fiction until 2014 when I started submitting short stories to anthology contests.

Given all that, the most accurate answer is that I’ve been writing seriously for about six years now.

Which writers inspire you?

I inherited my father’s library a few years back. It had a huge influence on me growing up. Many of my dad’s tastes in writing became my own. That collection contains 48 books by Andre Norton, quite a few by Isaac Asimov, and a long list of old-school authors. Andre Norton in particular gave me a love of stories with cats, crystals, time travel, and ESP. I’ve also come to love books by Lois McMaster Bujold and Jim Butcher as I’ve added new material to the library.

61HRjR8IkrL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_So, what have you written?

I have my Riland Throne fantasy trilogy (Crystal King, Crystal Queen, and Crystal Empire). In addition to that I have approaching thirty short stories across multiple genres, which is where I experiment and play around with ideas. I’ve written fantasy, science fiction, urban fantasy, horror, dystopian post-apocalyptic, fairy tale retellings, and humor bordering on lit-fic.

What draws you to Superversive writing?

I’m a fan of ordinary people stepping up to do extraordinary things, and that fits in well with the Superversive ideal. I also like to write about the good side of human nature winning in the end. Strong family values are also critical to me personally, and that filters its way into my fiction, even when a story calls for dysfunctional relationships. While I’ve written stories without a happy ending, I try to make even my horror and dystopian works about how people will try to do the right thing in the end because that’s what people should do.

What are you working on at the minute?

I have a lot of irons in the fire just counting what I’ve worked on this past week. I have a WWI novel about Marines, gargoyles, and biplanes going through edits with the publisher. I’m doing first-pass edits on a science fiction novel about miners stuck on the moon of a gas giant. I’ve just got back a short story from an editor-friend that’s targeted at an anthology coming out later in the year, and I just sent a bio in today for an anthology coming out next month. If that wasn’t enough, I started this week to assemble my fantasy short stories into a collection where I mix my reprints with several never-published stories. With luck and some perseverance, that collection should be out by year-end.

Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors.

Most of my reading time lately has been via audio. That lets me get in an hour during my day job commute each day. A lot of that is to keep up on friends in the business. At the moment I’ve also got Words of Radiance (Brandon Sanderson) on my nightstand waiting for me. I also picked up fresh copies of the first three Dune books (Frank Herbert) to go through before the story gets butchered by another movie. 😊

How can readers discover more about you and your work?

You want links? I have links!

Amazon author page: http://amazon.com/author/johnmolsen

Blog: https://johnmolsen.blogspot.com/

Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/JohnsWritingStuff

Twitter: https://twitter.com/john_m_olsen

Newsletter sign up and free short story: https://mybookcave.com/d/c40c0485/

Thanks for sharing John. Be sure to check out John’s books and be sure to check back next Sunday for our next chat with a Superversive author.

One comment

  1. Thanks for letting me talk about the influences on my writing. One fun thing I didn’t mention about my short stories is that I’m in both the Earth and Pluto Planetary anthologies featured in the anthologies sidebar to the right, and I have another story submitted to a third volume still being assembled.

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