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Author spotlight: Ebony Olson

5 March 2019

We’re featuring a wide range of Australian authors participating in ARR2019 in venues across Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. 

Today we’re having Elevenses with Ebony Olson, author of 15 books in the genres of romantic suspense and paranormal fantasy. She will be attending ARR2019 in Sydney.

When did you first realise you wanted to be an author?

I’ve always had an overactive imagination and regaled my friends with retellings of my vivid dreams, but it wasn’t until I emailed two of my friends about one dream, and they encouraged me to keep writing, that my writing happened. Even then, I was writing purely for my entertainment, but once the first book, Best Man, was out there, there was no going back. My writing is cathartic, my version of therapy. It always has been, and will always remain, a way for the Muse and I to deal with our demons.

Why romance and not a different genre?

I am a multi-genre author, it is just that romance is a constant in my books. Sometimes romance is the key element (the Hotel and Black Mark series), other times it is the undercurrent theme (PhasedOf Shadow and Light.)

What was the first romance you read and why did you love it?

It was a Harlequin romance that came with a Cosmo magazine when I was a teen. I still have it at home. While it had all the elements of romance, it had the suspense and angst that I quite like in my books.

What is the single most important characteristic for an aspiring author wanting to be a published writer?

Persistence. You need to be willing to keep at it when others give you a hard time. You also need to be able to take feedback with grace and know that you will spend your life improving on your ability to write well. You will never please everyone. I write to the darker themes of life, trust me, my idea of romance is not to everyone’s liking. I write about strong independent females who only soften for the right man.

What is your favourite part of creating a story?


What is your best tip for fighting writer’s block/writer’s fear?

Sometimes, I go months without writing a word, but then I will spend months writing every spare minute of the day and night. Even when I’m not writing, the stories are still happening in my head. Scene after scene is created and played on rote until I write it down. Sometimes my stories need the stewing period to sort out plot issues, or for character development. If the Muse and I disagree on a scene, this can cause a stalemate in writing. Ninety per cent of the time, the muse and I disagreeing will bring the book to a halt. The other ten per cent is being exhausted from work. I find driving or going for a walk to be very good for inducing ideas.

Pick a favourite (bold your preference)

  • series or stand-alone?
  • ebook, paperback or hardcover?
  • first person or third?

Who has been an inspiration to you, in life or your writing career?

I’m inspired by people who show strength of character. Who suffer physically with pain or depression, or other set-backs, but still get out there every day to make the most of their lives.

Tell us about your latest release, Cassidy, book 2 in The Hotel series, in 100 words or less. 

There is no better remedy for a broken heart than a holiday with your sisters. Holly Claire arrives in Hawaii determined to forget Benjamin Henderson, her former boss and lover. Fate wants her to forget him too. In her first six hours, Holly runs into the same delicious man no less than three times. When she literally runs into him, Sean Cassidy becomes determined to make it more. What harm could a holiday fling do?

What else will you be working on in 2019?

I have a vigorous writing and publishing timeline for 2019. I’m preparing to publish:

  • book 2 and 3 of the Hotel series in March
  • books 2-4 of the Hierarch series
  • three paranormal standalones: Of Shadow and Light, Boundary, and Silver Rogue,
  • three romantic suspense standalones: Rain, Protective Instinct and Calypso (on Radish as Sin’s Child)

On the writing side of things, I’ll be working on my current project, a paranormal romance about a marine biologist, the sequel to Spectra, book 4.5 of the Hierarch series, and book 5 of the Hotel series. Or, whatever the Muse decides we will work on.

Please recommend an Aussie romance you read recently

Kylie Scott is one of my favourite Aussie romance authors. Late last year I read It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time, which was brilliant. I’ll be making time soon to read her latest release, Repeat.

If you haven’t booked your ticket for ARR2019 yet, you can buy one here.


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