MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR B.L. OLSON
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
My author name is B.L. Olson, but I go by Brit if I am not in trouble. I write anything romance related! Contemporary romance, romantic comedy, and down the line I will else delve into the paranormal romance genre.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
I am a huge fan of the enemies-to-lovers trope, so much so that I decided I wanted to write one! The main female character Annie is a lot like me. In fact, most of the ridiculous situations she found herself in happened to me! I have a weird sort of luck that apparently makes for a good story. The rest of the book just flowed from me as I wrote. I used to be the type of person who had to outline their book before starting, but this one just came out of me once I got going.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I have been reading romance books from a young-ish age. I always daydreamed about finding my own love of my life (still searching) and that transformed into writing romance!
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I didn’t have to do much since this story takes place in my (and Chris Pratt’s) hometown. The only thing I had to research was how to play disc golf, which was the first date scene in Repercussions.
Can you tell me about your Series?
The Hot Mess Duet covers real issues in today’s world and how these characters handle and grow from them. Annie deals with abuse, Wyatt has experienced loss, and Maddie and Graham in book two are dealing with PTSD and addiction.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
I love Repercussions, after all Annie and I could be twins, but I think Consequences (book #2) may just end up even more amazing!
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
Daydreaming about owning my own bookstore led to Repercussions. Consequences follows a character introduced in Repercussions, and the idea came to me while I was visiting a small town in Michigan for my cousin’s graduation.
Was it always meant to become a series?
Very early on, I only considered one book. It wasn’t long after I started plotting that I had the idea to turn it into a duet.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I am a student, so a typical day is class and homework. I try to write in the morning after I have had a caffeine boost and my mind isn’t overtaken and exhausted by my psychology courses. I like to write on the couch with either silence or a Spotify playlist geared towards my current project. I never set a daily goal, but I do like to announce my release date ahead of time because I do better with deadlines. Otherwise I just procrastinate!
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I DO and I am so flippen excited about it. After releasing book 1 in The Hot Mess Duet I started writing book 2. However, I had these other characters and storyline take over my mind and I just couldn’t convince them to wait their turn. So, I will be releasing a standalone novel in-between my duet. The Only Choice is a second-chance/secret baby romance that will be full of angst, love, and even more real-world issues.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
They aren’t important, but some do have a significant meaning. Annie in Repercussions middle name is Taylor, after my best friend who I met in the same town the book takes place. There is also a mention of Minnie who was my great-grandma and Charles, or Charlie, which was my grandfather’s name.
Where do your ideas come from?
Songs, movies, and television. Sometimes something will make me think “well instead of this, what about a book with that?”
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
PNR. I have written paranormal books before (but never published) and have had this idea rolling around in my mind for a few years. I am just waiting to take more advanced psych courses, so I can execute this series and do it justice.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Actually doing it… Even if I have all the ideas and plot points figured out, I have a hard time sitting down to write. I must give myself a release deadline and sprint with friends to get anything done. I am a procrastinator by nature!
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I am honestly not a fan. I prefer graphics to trailers.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Putting aside my fear and hitting PUBLISH. I have been writing stories for almost two decades, and it wasn’t until I started writing Repercussions that I decided it was time to share my words with the world.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
This community. I have “met” so many amazing readers and authors who support me and give amazing advice. I found a family and cannot wait to see what the future holds for everyone!
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I will be finished with my BS and MS degrees and working as a Family and Marriage Counselor. On top of that, I will hopefully have about 30 more books released and toping the charts! (Fingers crossed…)
Have you always liked to write?
Always. I was about 8 or 9 when I started writing my first project, Harry Potter fanfic.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Don’t beat yourself up over the first draft. WRITE IT and everything else will fall into place with second, third, or even fourth drafts, if you are open to suggestions and criticism.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
Family and Marriage Counselor, which is what I am in school for.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I do! The only way to grow is to know what needs to be changed. I have been lucky enough not to get negative or bad reviews yet, but WHEN that day comes I will take what I can from it to grow as an author.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
The anxiety and self-doubt that your book isn’t good enough. No matter that alpha/beta readers enjoy, or reviews are awesome. I will always feel like an imposter next to my favorite authors.
What are you working on now?
I am working on a standalone contemporary romance novel titled The Only Choice. It is a second chance/secret baby romance that deals with real issues.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
I have only just started- in fact I JUST shared the blurb with my reader group and didn’t plan on posting it on GR for a few more weeks. But I suppose I can share it with you readers!
“Mommy, why don’t I have a daddy?” My four-year-old daughter asks me.
The dreaded question that no single mother ever wants to hear, that your child is curious about why you are only half of a whole family. I knew the day would come when she would ask about her father, but I still wasn’t prepared.
My daughter will forever be my only choice. However, Bo, the man I kept in the dark about fathering a daughter, is pushing his way back into my – no- our life. Now, I will have to guard both our hearts while I allow him to get to know the daughter that I mistakenly kept him from.
But now I have a question for him.
Will she be his only choice?
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
Everything I write has romance in it. I used to daydream about finding my own romance, and now I am writing it and giving a HEA to my characters!
Where did your love of books come from?
I had a stay at home mom who read to me all the time and taught me to read at the age of 4. When I discovered the Harry Potter series, I was hooked on reading for life!
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
You can’t ask a reader this…. SO MANY! Of course, J.K Rowling and Sarah J. Maas. I absolutely adore and one-click R.S. Grey and Emma Hart. And my all-time fav is Kelley Armstrong. Her characters are always so rounded and not without their own issues.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
Grandma Hazel in Repercussions. She is a randy old lady who speaks her mind, and I love her to death for it!
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
BOTH. I love getting those words out of me and sharing them, but I am always exhausted after doing so.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Television and other author’s books… They give me a good reason to procrastinate.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I deliver the story I feel needs to be told. The characters demand it!
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
A.K. MacBride and Jordan Bates. I could not do this without them! They talk me down off the ledge when I am feeling anxious and offer advice on my projects that help them become the best version of itself.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Hot Mess Express! I am always getting into ridiculous situations. My most recent being my car breaking down IN the car wash.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Stalk B.L. Olson:
Book + Main: https://bookandmainbites.com/itsbrittneydarling
Add Repercussions on Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2oTNEwb
Add Consequences on Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2PaPbcD
Add The Only Choice on Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2N9jYK1
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️