I'm very excited to welcome Gregg Olsen to the blog today! I have really enjoyed his YA series, and I have met him in real life and he's awesome! To check out the schedule and other stops on the tour be sure to check out the tour post. This tour is hosted by the wonderful Jean BookNerd.
Greatest thing you learned at school.
I really don’t think I could think of one greatest thing that I learned in school – there were too many. One thing that I wish I could tell every writer (of any age) is that if you want to be a writer, then you are one. You just have to practice at it. It doesn’t mean that you will be a mega-seller – that might not happen. But you will still be able to get your message to others. That’s what storytelling is about. Sharing. Conveying a message. I think schools encourage creativity, but I don’t know if they do a good enough job in helping the creative person tap into their gifts in a way that will allow them to earn a living. We all have to eat, right?
“What fiction most influenced your childhood, and what effect did those stories have on Fear Collector?”
That’s hard to pin down. I hate saying how much I loved Stephen King’s books when I was a young adult because it sounds like I want to be a stalker or something. But the truth is that no one wrote about young people in scary circumstances better than King did. I know that for the reader to really be scared, they have to care about the people on the pages. He did that – and still does – better than anyone. He made you believe, for example, that Carrie’s powers could be real.
"YOU'LL SLEEP WITH THE LIGHTS ON AFTER READING GREGG OLSEN." --Allison Brennan
Ted Bundy. America's most notorious serial killer. For two women, he is the ultimate obsession. One is a cop whose sister may have been one of Bundy's victims. The other is a deranged groupie who corresponded with Bundy in prison--and raised her son to finish what Bundy started. To charm and seduce innocent girls. To kidnap and brutalize more women than any serial killer in history. And to lure one obsessed cop into a trap as sick and demented as Bundy himself. . .
Praise for Gregg Olsen's novels
"WICKEDLY CLEVER! TWISTED." --Lisa Gardner
"OLSEN WRITES RAPID-FIRE PAGE-TURNERS." --The Seattle Times
"GRABS YOU BY THE THROAT." --Kay Hooper
Throughout his career, Gregg Olsen has demonstrated an ability to create a detailed narrative that offers readers fascinating insights into the lives of people caught in extraordinary circumstances.
A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Olsen has written eight nonfiction books, eight novels, a novella, and contributed a short story to a collection edited by Lee Child.
The award-winning author has been a guest on dozens of national and local television shows, including educational programs for the History Channel, Learning Channel, and Discovery Channel. He has also appeared on Dateline NBC, William Shatner's Aftermath, Deadly Women on Investigation Discovery, Good Morning America, The Early Show, The Today Show, FOX News, CNN, Anderson Cooper 360, MSNBC, Entertainment Tonight, CBS 48 Hours, Oxygen's Snapped, Court TV's Crier Live, Inside Edition, Extra, Access Hollywood, and A&E's Biography.
In addition to television and radio appearances, he has been featured in Redbook, USA Today, People, Salon magazine, Seattle Times, Los Angeles Times and the New York Post.
The Deep Dark was named Idaho Book of the Year by the ILA and Starvation Heights was honored by Washington's Secretary of State for the book's contribution to Washington state history and culture. His Young Adult novel, Envy, was the official selection of Washington for the National Book Festival.
Olsen, a Seattle native, lives in Olalla, Washington with his wife, twin daughters, three chickens, Milo (an obedience school dropout cocker spaniel) and Suri (a mini dachshund so spoiled she wears a sweater).