Saturday, December 31, 2016

Author Chat: Shea Olsen

Find Shea: Twitter | Website | Goodreads


And sometimes, I live in the small mountain town of Bend, Oregon.

I have been writing stories and crafting characters since I was young—and I have notebooks filled with stories about magical horses and underworlds that I wrote in grade school to prove it. I always knew I wanted to be a writer and I was lucky enough to grow up in a house filled with books, where my parents were always reading or painting or making something out of nothing.

Now, I am lucky enough to have a husband who encourages my passion, and tolerates my days—and sometimes weeks—spent locked away in my writing cave where my characters dance around inside my head, telling their stories. I also share my home with my two editor cats and a dog named Diesel.

When not staring at my laptop or reading, I love hiking and swimming and yoga and delicious vegan pastries." (taken from Shea's website)

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? 

"I grew up in a house filled with books. Even when we didn’t have a lot of money, my parents always bought books. So it was a big part of my childhood and I always thought authors had the most magical jobs in the entire universe. I started writing stories in grade school and I had a few amazing teachers who encouraged me to keep at it. So the desire to become a writer started at a very young age. "

Do you listen to music while you write? If so, what kind? 

"I don’t listen to music when I write—I need silence. But I DO listen to music when I’m plotting/outlining. I also dance around like a weirdo and try to shake ideas loose from my brain. It’s not graceful but it’s strangely effective."

Who is your favorite character that you've created? Why? 

"I tend to like villains—I like characters who do something unexpected, who you hate but also root for. I recently finished a new book that will be published with Simon Pulse under the name Shea Ernshaw, and there are many characters who do villainous, unpredictable things, and I find them fascinating. I would like to write a book someday without a single hero. Only villains. Devious, I know."

If you were to direct a movie about your own life, who would play your character? 

"Ha! Great question. Off the top of my head, Alicia Silverstone. Not only was Clueless such an iconic film in the nineties, but her cookbook The Kind Diet is my cooking bible. She and I might not have any other characteristics in common, but I’m thinking the cookbook-love is a good enough reason! ☺"

How did you get your inspiration for Flower

"I actually didn’t. The story of Flower came from the brilliant Elizabeth Craft, a TV producer/writer in L.A. She came up with the idea, and through my agent, I got connected with Elizabeth. It was both fun and challenging to write a story that didn’t come from my brain. But it was also a great learning experience. So Elizabeth deserves all the credit for the story!"

What book are you currently reading in your spare time? 

"Right now I’m reading Bone Gap by Laura Ruby. And I’m completely mesmerized by it!"

Don't miss Flower, which hits shelves soon (January 3)! 

These are the things that I've always wanted:

To get the top grades in my class.

To make my grandmother proud.

And most of all, proof that I could succeed where the rest of my family had not: a Stanford acceptance letter, early admission.

My mother and my sister were obsessed with boys and love and sex. So obsessed that they lost sight of their futures, of what they wanted. And in the end, they lost everything.

I'll never let a boy distract me. I promised my grandmother that.

But that was before Tate.

Before the biggest pop star on the planet took an interest in me.

Before private planes and secret dates and lyrics meant for me alone.

There's so much I don't know. Like why he left music. Where he goes when we're not together. What dark past he's hiding. But when we kiss, the future feels far away. And now…I'm not sure what I want.
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