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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Guest Blogger: Matthew Olney





I am happy to have Matthew Olney as my guest today. Thank you, Matthew, for joining me on my website.




    Author Matthew Olney

  Science Fiction and Fantasy Author Matthew Olney





Matthew, can you tell us about yourself and your background? What do you currently do outside of writing?




Hello! Well, I've always had a bit of a background in writing as when I was a kid, I'd create comic books and sell them to my classmates for 2 pence a pop. As I got older, I fell in love with reading and always wanted to write as a career. I have a degree in journalism and can write 100 words per minute in shorthand, which comes in handy when taking notes. I struggled for many years to find work as a journalist. Still, a combination of the Great Recession devastating the industry and the rise of the internet turning the profession into nothing more than who can create the best clickbait I opted to take a different direction.



I have worked as a content manager for several companies and love it. I love the freedom to create content and to write every day and get paid for it! Outside of writing, I am an avid lover of all things history, and I spend a lot of time playing video games or enjoying a walk.





What books have you written, and what are their genres? What audience are they aimed at?



I have written a total of 12 books so far and am working on 3 concurrently as I write this. I write science fiction, fantasy, and historical fiction. Here's a shot of all my books  found on Amazon and other retailers and on my website via -









Matthew Olney Book Covers


                                         Books by Author Matthew Olney







What prompted you to write what you did?  Where do you get your writing inspiration? What message(s) do you want readers to take away?


Having ideas has never really been much of an issue as I have an active imagination. I want my readers to always feel like they have been on an adventure and met some interesting characters. The defining message, however, is one of hope. In these turbulent days, the last thing I want is more darkness and despair. Even when things are looking grim and seem hopeless, I want my readers to come away knowing that no matter what hope and good outweighs evil.




Do you write short stories, articles, or have a blog? Where can we find them?


I tend to struggle with short stories, but I have written a few novellas. I write articles and blogs about writing and being an Indy author which can be found on my website at - https://msolneyauthor.com/




What do you find the hardest about writing? The easiest?


The hardest can be staying motivated and, of course, marketing. As I write all day for my career, I sometimes struggle to want to write my own stuff in my spare time. The easiest part? Coming up with ideas and new stories. I have written many an article on the challenges posed by writing, but marketing is, and I think it is for most authors the trickiest part of the whole process. Finding audiences who are willing to take a chance on an Indy author is tough due to there being a tonne of competition out there.



 Sundered Crown Saga Book Covers 


What is next for you after [Your Book]?


Well, I am currently writing several books at once! Mad I know. I have book 4 in the "Sundered Crown Saga" to write, Book 3 in my "Empowered One's series", and book 2 in my historical fiction series "Unconquered".




How can we follow or contact you?



You can follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and can subscribe to my newsletter on my website.



 Terran Defender Book Cover

   by Author M.S. Olney (Matthew Olney)




Where can readers buy your books?



You can buy my books via Amazon and all other book stores such as Kobo, Nook, and Apple.





Alternatively, there are links on my website.







For those of you who are members of Amazon Prime or have access to Kindle Unlimited, you obtain my following novels for free.




1. The Sign of the Eagle 


2. The Wolf of Britannia, Part I 


3. The Wolf of Britannia, Part II  


4. The Broken Lance




Give one of them a try, you will be glad you did.



That's all for now. Until next time, Salve Atque Vale! Hail, and Farewell!







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