Interview with Mal Olson + Tour wide giveaway

Can you please share with us a little about yourself

Mal: I write adrenaline-kicked romantic suspense. When my consuming passion for writing allows time, I enjoy reading, flower gardening, jamming with friends on my mountain dulcimer, and hiking in a nearby state forest (or in the mountains somewhere). I have three grown children and one granddaughter and reside with my own special hero in southeast Wisconsin where I juggle writing time with my freelance landscape design business

Every author’s bio I read starts out saying something like this: “I’ve been a ravenous reader since the age of six.”

Not me. Call me not a wiz-kid because as a child, I read, but I didn’t start reading books by the carload until I was a young adult. And I don’t devour books–as in reading two or three a day. I savor them by the half-carload and enjoy every morsel while analyzing the magic the author has produced to keep me turning pages.

Along the road to publication,, I have been blessed with help from many others–writers who give of their time to present workshops and seminars, especially those sponsored by Romance Writers of America and WisRWA, and classes offered at the University of Wisconsin Writer’s Institute, and by the generous authors of Mad City Writers.

Have you always wanted to be an author?

Mal: I’ve always had the urge to write, and my first romantic short story was the result of a seventh grade creative writing assignment–which was so long ago I don’t remember my English teacher’s name, but I remember it was the era of poodle skirts and saddle shoes–when I crafted the story of two star-crossed lovers reunited when the hero was freed from the Bastille Prison. Guess what we were studying in History at the time? The time span between writing my first romance story in junior high school and having my first romantic suspense novel published is a period of epoch proportions. I’m one of those overnight success stories that happened after decades of work and trying.

Over twenty years ago, my first-born daughter and I decided we could write a romance novel, and we had a lot of fun working jointly on creating two books. There’s still a place in my heart for those stories and characters. Later, we branched into writing our own novels, picking each other’s brains and critiquing for one another. If it weren’t for her support (she’s an awesome writer as well as a fabulous editor) I would never have reached my lifelong goal of becoming a published author.

What is your most interesting writing quirk?

Mal: I’m not really very quirky. Probably writing at any hour during the day, evening or into the wee hours of the A.M. is my quirkiest.

Can you please tell us about your latest book(s)?

Mal: My latest book is my debut novel. Shadow of Deceit is a romantic suspense filled with non-stop action, hot and sexy characters, betrayal, smokin’ romance, and a thrilling plot. On the two-year anniversary of a car accident that robbed Shannon Riedel of her husband and infant son, a gunman breaks into her office and accuses her husband of swindling a half million dollars from him. When FBI agent Tony Crazaniak, an ex-Delta Force Operative with demons of his own, shows up to investigate, sexual heat sizzles. They collaborate to unearth secrets Shannon’s husband left behind—secrets connected to a terrorist leader Crazaniak has vowed to take down. With danger surrounding them, two emotionally wounded souls bond, but can they put their demons to rest and trust in love? Can they survive long enough to find out?

How did you come with the idea for this story?

Mal: This story has been re-written so many times, I don’t remember how I originally came up with the idea.

Can you share with us your current work(s) in progress?

Mal: I’m currently working on another romantic suspense involving a Lieutenant Deputy Sheriff and his “off limits” new recruit. Too Sexy For His Stetson is set in the mountains of Idaho.

Who is the one author that you would love to meet someday and why?

Mal: Since I am a big fan of Suzanne Brockmann, I’d really enjoy meeting her. Maybe some of her magic would rub off?

What is the best piece of advice you would give to someone that wants to get into writing?

Mal: Follow your dream. Write every day. And never give up.

Can you share with us something off your bucket list.

Mal: Travel to Australia.

What is in your To Read Pile that you are dying to start or upcoming release you can’t wait for?

Mal: I loved Trish McCallan’s Forged In Fire, so I can’t wait until her next release.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Mal: Thank you so much for inviting me to Books n Kisses today. Readers, be sure to join in with any questions or comments you may have. One lucky commenter will win a $20.00 Amazon gift certificate at the end of my Sizzling Hot Blog Tour.

Check out my website for two free short stories ~ Me and Brad-edge of the heart romance with a canine twist. And a Danger Zone ~ Are two strangers destined to become kindred souls when they survive a rock n’ roll landing on an icy Milwaukee runway and chase a could-be terrorist into the danger zone? Both are both also available at Amazon, B & N and most ebook retailers.

21 Responses to Interview with Mal Olson + Tour wide giveaway

  1. Jennifer Bielman July 23, 2012 at 7:34 am #

    I have stories like that. I have rewritten them so many times I don’t even know where they came from. Great interview.


    • Mal Olson July 23, 2012 at 6:17 pm #

      It’s nice to know I’m not alone with the revii\sions. Thanks for stopping by, Jennifer. Good luck with the drawing.

  2. melanie J July 23, 2012 at 8:10 am #

    love it! I can’t read to read this!

    • Mal Olson July 23, 2012 at 6:19 pm #

      Wow, so nice to hear a comment like that! I’m really happy to hear from, and wish you good luck with the drawing.

  3. Betty Hamilton July 23, 2012 at 8:22 am #

    I like the sexiness of the characters and he mystery of the stories.

    • Mal Olson July 23, 2012 at 6:21 pm #

      Yeah, I’m a sucker for sexy characters and a story with mystery, too. I’m so glad you dropped by and commented, Betty. Best of luck in the drawing.

  4. Kerry July 23, 2012 at 8:44 am #

    Excellent interview – I am definitely going to pick up Shadow of Deceit. Thanks also for the giveaway!!

    kerryjcj AT verizon DOT net

    • Mal Olson July 23, 2012 at 6:22 pm #

      What a sweetheart you are! I hope you enjoy the book, and I’m sending you good vibes for the drawing.

  5. Allison Motherway July 23, 2012 at 9:24 am #

    Thanks for the interview. I love romantic suspense. I look forward to reading your books.

    • Mal Olson July 23, 2012 at 6:24 pm #

      So nice to have you visit and tune in to the interview! If you love romantic suspense, I think you’ll enjoy Shadow of Deceit. Here’s wishing you good luck with the drawing.

  6. Victoria Zumbrum July 23, 2012 at 9:29 am #

    I can’t wait to read your books. I love romance and suspense. I have thought about being a writer also.Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me.

    • Mal Olson July 23, 2012 at 6:27 pm #

      Victoria, you’ve got it–your entered in the drawing, and good luck. I’m thrilled that you would like to read my gook. And, if you’ve thought about writing–do it! It’s time-consuming, but a lot of fun.

  7. Maria D. July 23, 2012 at 10:00 am #

    Good interview! Romantic suspense is one of my favorite genre to read…7th grade seems to be a common thread of when authors really seem to start writing – must have something to do with the way our imaginations develop…lol….Shadow of Deceit sounds just like the kind of book I would love reading. Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Mal Olson July 23, 2012 at 6:29 pm #

      Sounds like you started writing around 7th grade, too. Thanks for your kind words. I’m so happy to hear from readers who enjoy romantic suspense. Hope you give Shadow of Deceit a try. I think you’ll like it. I’m wishing you good luck with the drawing.

  8. Mary Preston July 23, 2012 at 6:00 pm #

    It’s wonderful when the writing community support each other. SHADOW OF DECEIT looks fabulous.


    • Mal Olson July 23, 2012 at 6:33 pm #

      Yes, it is wonderful to have fellow writers supporting each other. And it’s wonderful to see that you’re following my blog tour. Your name is entered into the drawing every time you comment. :)

  9. Mal Olson July 23, 2012 at 6:39 pm #

    Thanks again, Kelly, for the great interview questions. This was such a fun day.

  10. Mal Olson July 23, 2012 at 7:43 pm #

    One last thing. Shadow of Deceit is available at The Wild Rose Press, and most ebook retailers.

  11. Laura July 28, 2012 at 8:05 pm #

    That’s for the great interview! I really enjoy romantic suspense, so this book looks great to me! And I’m definitely going to check out your blog and those short stories, too! Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. bn100 July 28, 2012 at 10:30 pm #

    Very nice interview. The book sounds good.


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