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Author spotlight: Ebony Olson

11 January 2020

For ARR2020 in March we will be featuring more than 90 romance authors across five cities. If you live in (or near) Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth or Adelaide, come along and meet local authors, as well as our international guests—Darynda Jones and Susan Donovan.

Today we are spotlighting Ebony Olson. She will be attending ARR2020 in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

How old were you when you first started writing romance?

Actually putting pen to paper? Thirty. Once I started, I couldn’t stop, and I wrote three books in six months.

Who was the first romance author to catch your interest?

It was a Temptation novel called Under the Covers by Roseanne Williams. I was a young teen finding it, and I still have it on my bookshelf now. Occasionally, I still grab it down and read it again too.

Have you written genres other than romance (or are you thinking about it)?

Yes. I write dark fantasy and urban fantasy. All with a little romance embedded, but sometimes its a toxic love like in the Hierarch series, or closer to horror in Of Shadow and Light. My dark fantasy novels are stories you either love or hate. There is no inbetween with them because they cross so many lines. Even my romance novels can swing to the darker side of things.

Choose one of your books to turn into a movie—who would you cast in the lead roles?

Ooh, last year I chose Black Mark, so this year I’m going to choose the Hotel series. I would cast Indiana Evans as Holly, Matt Passmore as Benjamin, Luke Hemsworth as Cassidy and Andrea Demetriades as Trisha.

What is the hardest part of creating a story?

Translating what I see in my head into something the reader doesn’t just read, but experiences. It’s important that the reader forms a connection with the protagonist, sympathises with her, hates those that hurt her, and love those that burn the pages to ashes with her.

What is your favourite place to write?

My library at home. It’s my safe place.

Have any of your characters been inspired by real-life people?

Not directly. I would say real-life people have character traits of some of my characters, but I’ve never written a character to directly reflect a living person. Most of my characters are born from my imagination. Trust me, I know very few men who can reach my male characters’ standards of perfection or imperfection, as it may be. That’s why it’s called fiction and fantasy.

What was the last romance you read and loved (and why did you love it)?

Zed by MV Ellis. It just hit all the right chords, and I may now have a slight obsession for men with genital piercings as a result.

Tell us about your latest release in 100 words or less

Calypso. In my town, there are two kinds of people: those from the sophisticated Eleri, and those from the gang-run Riverside. The natural divide is the Eleri River. The human divide is money. The first in the Eleri Royals series, Calypso is standalone romantic suspense about a very wealthy, straightlaced, career-focused woman who wants what she shouldn’t. The entire series is centered around Caly and her cousins who, because of their families’ wealth, are like royalty in their town. But Caly isn’t some spoilt princess. She’s had to work for everything she wants, so she knows the meaning of earning something and she goes out of her way to give back to those who weren’t born privileged. What complicates Caly’s life are the men in it. The controlling grandfather, the absent father, the boy from the wrong side of the river, and the one who is the biggest danger to her.

What else will you be working on in 2020?

The current plans for 2020 will be to publish Rain (romantic suspense), Halos (urban fantasy), Protective Instinct (romantic thriller) at a minimum, and to finish off a couple of WIPs that I’ve been teasing my fans with tidbits of on social media.

If you haven’t booked your ticket for ARR2020 yet, you can buy one HERE.



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