Interview with Karleah Olson

What's the story behind your latest book?
I was inspired to write this short story based on a dream my partner had. The character of Elliot seemed so real to me that I felt I had to tell his story the best I could.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Writing and reading have been my two passions for as long as I can remember, so the motivation is simply in my love for words, stories and imagination.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has provided me with a platform to easily publish and market my own work and to interact with possible readerships.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love the freedom and creativity writing allows. Nothing is impossible for a writer who knows how to use their imagination!
What do your fans mean to you?
I'm not sure I have many fans just yet, but the support of friends and family is hugely important to me, and I would be thrilled to reach more people through my writing.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on several longer pieces in the Young Adult genre, and experimenting with dark fairytale-inspired pieces.
Who are your favorite authors?
Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters and F. Scott Fitzgerald are among my favourites, and contemporary authors include Kate Forsyth, John Green and Tim Winton. I have a lot more favourites though, too many to list!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The potential each day holds and my desire to make a difference in the world.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work in hospitality and study at Edith Cowan University, so juggling all my commitments keeps me pretty busy!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I don't read a lot of ebooks actually, I prefer print books, but since discovering Smashwords I will definitely be expanding my reading platforms.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I vividly remember writing was a story about The Adventures of Madeline, who I loved as a kid, and I think I was in year 2 or 3 and remember my teacher taking me to the principal so I could read it to him. All my teachers were very encouraging and a huge part of the reason I continued to develop creatively.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember a lot of what I read as a kid, such as Trixie Beldon, anything by Enid Blighton and Sweet Valley Twins. Mum used to read Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, Winnie the Pooh and Paddington to my sister and I and we still have all the beautiful collections she read from.
Published 2016-10-26.
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Books by This Author

Julia
Price: Free! Words: 1,880. Language: Australian English. Published: October 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Coming of age
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Julia is a young, whimsical story about an outcast named Elliot who wants nothing more than to have a true friend. When he meets Julia, he feels he has finally found one. But Julia is not all that she seems.