Interview with Rich Olsen

What are you working on next?
I have another book in the Linda series, The Fifth Horseman. I am also working on a book of Science Fiction called The Anointed One, The Alpha Female. It is a series of three books, but it will also be offered as a set..I have another series of books, Police Procedures in a near future Pittsburgh, PA. The main character is a Homicide Lieutenant, Julie Markos. i have a book about religion called Conversations with the Devil, that will also be released in the future. Finally I am also working on another book about religion, that...... hopefully is not fiction, the working title is In Defense of God.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have had favorite authors over the years in both fiction and science fiction. I have read a lot of Tom Clancy and Clive Cussler. I have also read a lot of mysteries, including books by J D Robb.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I spend time with my wife, my cats and at the volunteer fire department. I also have a "day job." My wife and I like to travel, when we can, and I also find myself writing more letters to my elected representatives than I have in the past.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first novel I ever wrote was about a fire that was too big for the city to handle, but I didn't have an ending for it. Later, I had an idea for a different book, and I had an ending for it. I used different elements from the first novel in that book. It is called Fire! in the Harrison House and introduces Linda Pavak and will be released in the future as a prequel.
What is your writing process?
I have an idea and I try to find an ending, usually who the bad guy is, and then I start. I spend a lot of time thinking about it and running dialogue between characters in my head. Sometimes I find the idea great, but I don't have an ending, so I start writing out the original idea and look for an ending. When I find it, I fill in the book.
How do you get from the beginning to the ending?
I think of it as a trip, from Pittsburgh to LA. Pittsburgh is where I start, the beginning of the book, and LA is my destination, where I want to end up. I plot my course and begin, but it is not set in stone. Like a road trip, I can decide I want to take the turnpike through Ohio and stop in Cleveland, but maybe I find something better, and I go a different route. That is how I write, I have changed bad guys in the middle of the book, because I like someone else better, or the new bad guy is more of a surprise, When I reread the book in the first revision, I may have to change things because I changed endings or bad guys.
Do you create an outline?
Yes and no. I do not create an outline in the traditional sense. I have, but it is too restrictive. I was a composer in college and I wrote twelve-tone music, which is very strict. I discovered that I might want an F# for my next note, but it wasn't available in the row, so I mutated the row. In the end, twelve-tone row became too strict. That is how I find outlines. I have a file called "outline," but it is a series of thoughts. In high school, before the internet and computers, I was taught to put a single thought on an index card. When you finished your research, you just put the index cards in order and filled in the material. What I do is put a single sentence in the outline to keep me on track. When I incorporate that thought, I make that sentence red. Later, I move a lot of red sentences to the bottom of the file and make them green. That keeps me on track, and I can add thoughts at any time, or not use them.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My wife has a Kindle. I read a lot of news articles on my phone, I read my e-books on my desktop (windows) or the Kindle.
Published 2017-10-25.
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Books by This Author

The Fifth Horseman
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 124,490. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Robert Johnson is back and teamed up with the Reverend Lee, a religious fanatic. They believe President Thomas is the antichrist and Linda the Harlot sent from Hell to protect him. All Linda’s team of four men, who Lee believe are the Four Horse and Linda the Fifth Horseman have to do is stop an unpredictable criminal genius and a religious fanatic, what could go wrong.
Dichotomy
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 146,920. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Linda Mathews-Kertchbaum, along with Stan Jaworski and Malcolm Greene are back. This time they will face a paddleboat fire and sarin gas attack from a criminal genius whose ultimate crime is something they could not possibly imagine.
Misdirection
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 161,700. Language: American English. Published: May 8, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Someone is burning firefighters and blonds to death. Stan Jaworski heads the task force investigating the case. Linda Mathews is a blond firefighter and Jaworski realizes she could be the ultimate victim. Can Jaworski and his group stop the killer from burning Linda to death, or will she become the madman's final prey?