Interview with Phil Olson

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first real story I ever read was The Client by John Grisham. It's the book that got me hooked on reading. Stephen King books are what made me want to write.
What do you read for pleasure?
I like to read anything by Stephen King, John Grisham, or John Jakes for pleasure. They are all great story tellers.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I prefer just to use my Lenovo tablet to read from.
Describe your desk
Cluttered with my late night snacks, my caffeinated beverage, and my ideas.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in several places in the same area of the country, Iowa and Nebraska. I'm not sure it influenced my writing per say but being a slowed down part of the country it gave me plenty of time to think and reflect on my ideas.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing but music rather than books back in 2000. Then I focused on essays and informational writing. Finally I decided to start writing books.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is tentatively called The Spread. Although I'm still in the very early stages it is going to be a virus/zombie type of book.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I'd like to get feedback on my newest writings so I can continue to improve and becoming an Indie author gives me the best opportunity to do that.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy I gain from writing is getting the idea from my head to the keyboard or paper or whatever I'm writing on that day. I just love to see the story play out in my head and come to fruition in front of me.
What do your fans mean to you?
Every fan I have is important to me because each one can give a unique perspective on the story as they read it.
What are you working on next?
I am working on two things at the moment one is The Spread novel but I am also working on putting together a collection of flash fiction stories. I would love to publish it one day.
Published 2017-05-15.
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Books by This Author

Flashes of Fiction: A Flash Fiction Collection
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 10,980. Language: English. Published: December 28, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
A wide ranging array of emotions and genre's fill this 9 story collection of flash fiction tales.
Taking A Knee
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,260. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure
(3.00 from 2 reviews)
One man gets drafted into the pros, the other friend gets drafted to fight the enemy. One will win, one will lose but lives will be changed forever.
Forbidden Love
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,180. Language: American English. Published: September 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
The good, the bad, and the ugly of love. Love is a complicated creature and it can change your life. It can be grand or it can be depressing. With love we're always taking a chance.
Victim To Hero
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 720. Language: American English. Published: September 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
(4.00 from 1 review)
Caroline Johnson loves her lattes and her free Wi-Fi connection. But her Monday goes awry when she crosses Ninetieth Street.
Meet Me For Dinner
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 850. Language: American English. Published: May 19, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
A flash fiction story about a man whose love and hatred for one gorgeous woman intertwine to confuse his emotions.
2032: The End Chapters 1-6
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,260. Language: American English. Published: May 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure
When global war erupts every country is in danger of an attack on a massively deadly scale. Great powers collide in a devastating war of epic proportions in the first six chapters of the book.
Our Final Trip
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 370. Language: American English. Published: May 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
(3.00 from 1 review)
This is a flash fiction story of four friends on one doomed excursion.