Interview with Nik Olsen

What are you working on next?
Book 3 is in progress, possibly the last of what has been intended as a trilogy.
Who are your favorite authors?
I like historical fiction and philosophical books, but my writing has meant i have enjoyed many other genres. There is no one author i follow, and some who in the past have been good, i have become disappointed with. I often have a number of different books on the go at any one time, many of which i don't finish.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I sold my business before the last crash so don't need to rise early, but force of habit means i can't lay in, and there are always numerous tasks to undertake, including my writing, which has been a struggle as i am a complete novice and haven't anyone to guide me through the various stages. I did take a writing course which has helped, though most has been sheer determination and perseverance.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Ther isn't enough time in the day to do everything. I enjoy being outside doing the chores which includes gardening and logging, and i look after our small business and finances, though i am not necessarily good at them!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I tend to download samples, and after i have read a few a few of a particular type can look at suggestions. Sometimes it is fun looking at different genres though time consuming.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
That would be on the writing course where short stories were submitted; and when the para-olympics were on i used that as a theme, focussing on the family/human element. The current book is the first i have actually completed and published.
What is your writing process?
Sorry, i don't really have one. Ther are always so many different angles in writing, collating, identifying, researching etc. that if one part has become tiresome or too time consuming, i simply move to another section for a while before returning to the difficult part with a fresh mind.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I have a bad memory, but one book i was given in my teens does stand out above all others and that was Candide, by Voltaire. He was amusing and brilliant and obviously has stood the test of time.
How do you approach cover design?
I don't have a hard & fast rule, i look at as many designs as possible, slowly building up a picture of what i want and the compromise, depending on cost etc.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
i will have to come back to this question as they are a bit diverse and i can't recall their titles and wouldn't want to miss one out.
Published 2016-03-04.
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Friend & Foe - Book 2
You set the price! Words: 64,010. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Ben & Joe are returning home from the bestial corrective prison in Iran, but their expectations soon vanish as they are forced to confront their own personal dilemmas. Joe is forced to save his family from a tyrant who gained notoriety in the Middle East badlands and Ben travels from the West Bank to Gaza, attempting to trace Taliban recruiters, but ends in Sinai where Joe is close to death.
Friend & Foe
You set the price! Words: 106,880. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
A slightly controversial novel confronting conflicts at local level and around the world through two men brought up in opposing religious backgrounds. They have unknowingly fought against each other, but come to recognise their similar ideologies whilst in a bestial cell in Iran. Their lives are recounted through flashbacks where they begin to sense some external force has been manipulating events