MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR BRUCE OLAV SOLHEIM, PH.D.!
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Bruce Olav Solheim, Ph.D.
I cover a few genres: historical non-fiction, paranormal memoir, middle grade fiction.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
My latest book is entitled Timeless: A Paranormal Personal History. I have had paranormal experiences since age four. I am what you would call a paranormal lightning rod. In September 2016 one of my best friends died of cancer. One month later he came to me in a vision and told me about his spirit world. This encounter prompted me to “come out of the paranormal closet” and share all my paranormal stories. He also gave me the title: Timeless.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I have always been interested in the paranormal but was afraid to publish because I thought I would not be taken seriously as a historian and such a book would negatively impact my academic career.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I have collected the stories since I was in my teens and added some others that have occurred recently. I have also read extensively in quantum physics and all of Dr. Dean Radin’s books on his psychic research.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I write by inspiration, but I am always capturing butterflies as my playwriting professor Jose Cruz Gonzalez told me. I write every day.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
Yes, a sequel to Timeless. I call it Timeless Déjà Vu.
Where do your ideas come from?
From this life and the next.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Writing the first and last words.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
In writing, I would say Timeless. In playwriting, my two produced plays. In life, finding my girl Ginger and being a father and grandfather.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
I’m my own boss, and I am happy doing what I want to do.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
On this planet, retired from teaching, but continuing to write and living half of the year in Northern Norway.
Have you always liked to write?
Since age nine, yes. I learned to type at an early age, and my parents encouraged me. I think they knew.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Write about what you are interested in and inspired by regardless of marketability. I always say that I am compelled to write a book and driven by unseen forces.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
Drive a bulldozer.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
Yes. Everyone is entitled to an opinion, and that is that. As long as the majority of readers like what I do I know I am on the right track.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Writing the first and last words.
What are you working on now?
Timeless Déjà Vu.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
I have collected 26 more stories of paranormal events in my life, some which have happened this year, and, some based on my discovering that I am a medium, and some which I thought were too bizarre to include in the first book.
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
I write what I am compelled to write. Could be a play about nuclear war, a children’s book about bees and immigration, or the paranormal. Who could know?
Where did your love of books come from?
My mother read to me as a child. My parents read a lot of magazines, books, newspapers.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
Of course. Cat in the Hat. Charlotte’s Web. Where the Wild Things Are. Lord of the Rings. Slaughterhouse-Five. Fahrenheit 451. Huckleberry Finn. Tess of the D’Urbervilles. Short stories by Theodore Sturgeon.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Both, in turn.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Random tasks that accomplish nothing and suck up all of my time leave me not in the mood to write.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I write what I am compelled to write.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
David Willson, author of the REMF Diary books. My writing mentor.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
I have, unfinished; it is entitled The End of Our Elaborate Plans.
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
What compels you to write?
The universal consciousness, the one, the thing that connects all of us and where Magic happens.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Timeless can be found on Amazon
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️