Concluding our conversation with crime novelist Gregg Olsen, member of the KILLER YEAR: Class of 2007. Gregg is the New York Times bestselling author of eight books. As a journalist and true crime author, he has been a guest on Good Morning America, CBS Early Show, Entertainment Tonight, CNN, Fox News, 48 Hours, and other national and international programs.
His debut suspense novel, A Wicked Snow (Kensington), hits shelves in March. Best-selling thriller novelist Allison Brennan calls it "a tightly-plotted, gripping police procedural made even more terrifying by Olsen's straightforward storytelling and eye for detail."
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WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR ASPIRING WRITERS?
This is easy. Never give up. Write everyday. That’s it. That’s the key to making it.
WHAT DO YOU WISH NON-WRITERS UNDERSTOOD?
That this is a job. It always surprises me when people say, “Oh I could write a book.” Try it.
WHAT DO YOU WISH OTHER WRITERS UNDERSTOOD?
You cannot define your success by the bestseller lists. It has to be more about the work that you’re doing and the satisfaction you get from your craft. I get that. I’ve been on the national and local lists with my true crime, but the book that defines me to myself was so-so commercially.
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED ABOUT PUBLISHING THROUGH THIS "KILLER YEAR" CAMPAIGN?
That writers are not cut-throat.
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED ABOUT YOURSELF?
I have never been a joiner. But I really have enjoyed being a part of a group.
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED ABOUT YOUR CRAFT?
This is obvious, but after reading thrillers by the scads, it hit me. That there a million ways of approaching the same story and each writer brings a unique perspective to whatever they are doing. Plots can be similar but the execution of the tale by the writer supplies the magic.
KILLER Q&A: GREGG OLSEN, PT 1
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Many thanks to crime writer and suspense novelist Gregg Olsen. Find him online at GreggOlsen.com, at CrimeRant.com, and StarvationHeights.com. You can also visit his MySpace page.
You can also find more at the Killer Year website, the Killer Year blog and the Killer Year MySpace page.
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