I’m excited to have author Olga Núñez Miret on my blog. Olga is a talented writer and translator of English and Spanish texts. She was also a forensic psychiatrist, which is of great interest to me for my own writing.
Please learn more about Olga and her books.
Her latest one called Escaping Psychiatry. Beginnings is free for now, so be sure to pick it up!
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Welcome Olga, please tell my readers a little bit about yourself. Are you a full time writer or do you have a day job?
I left my job as a forensic psychiatrist early in 2014. Since then I’ve been writing and doing translations (English-Spanish/Spanish-English) of my own books and also of those of other writers. But I can’t say I make a living of my writing and I’m thinking of exploring other options in the future.
Always good to keep options open. 😉 If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I’d like to have more skill for languages and be able to travel and make a living anywhere I fancied. I’m also quite disastrous with visual matters (photographs, compositions, etc.) but I enjoy other people’s art. It would be nice to be better at that too.
What profession other than your own would you like to try?
There are many things I’d like to try. Although I’ve worked as a psychiatrist and a general doctor, I’ve worked as a teaching assistant, as a secretary, and now I’m volunteering at a local radio, I’d like to try something quite different, living closer to nature and spending more time thinking. I’ve also wondered about doing something like forensic anthropology, because I find it a fascinating subject (but I’ve probably left it too late now).
Take heart, Olga, many people are making career changes later in life. I did as well. On a less serious note, what makes you laugh, and I mean, REALLY laugh?
Either very innocent misunderstandings (for instance children trying to explain the adult world) or dark comedy.
Great answer, now let’s learn more about the writer in you. Where do you draw your inspiration from?
It varies. Sometimes it might be the news, a word or a sentence I hear, something I read, or something I see.
What motivates you to write?
I’ve always loved to read and I love stories. Telling stories, to myself and others, motivates me more than anything. Especially creating the stories, from a little germ of an idea until it’s fully formed.
I can relate to your answer. How do you market yourself?
Badly. I have a blog that I enjoy, where I talk about my own writing sometimes, share tips I find, write book reviews and share the work of others. I also write some posts for Lit World Interview, as you know. I have a Twitter account, I share posts in Facebook, Twitter, Google, Tumblr, Pinterest… I belong to several groups of authors and reviewers and also groups of bloggers in Blog Lovin’ and Triberr where we share each other’s contents. Every so often I do interviews and features for other blogs and I have an e-mail list, and I’ve started sending newsletters recently. I’m considering paid advertisements but I haven’t decided what to try first. And I keep writing and I’m trying to get my books translated, made into audiobooks.
What part of writing a novel do you enjoy the most?
The process of discovery. Sometimes I plan the novel more than others, but I never know all the details, and the process of discovering what’s going to happen next is always exciting. When I’m getting close to the end it gets quite exciting and I speed up. I don’t take part in races but I guess it’s like seeing the finish line.
I’m the same way, and the least?
Saying goodbye to the characters if I’m not planning on writing more about them. One spends so much time with them that they become part of the family. I translate my own books, and sometimes by the time I’ve reviewed, corrected and finalized both versions, I’m really tired of working on the same story and I need some distance to know what I really think about it.
It is hard to say goodbye. Is it important for you to know the title or ending of a book before you write it?
No. I need some sort of working title although for the last book I’ve published I didn’t. I usually need to have some general sense of the structure of the book, but not every detail or the exact ending.
Do you outline, plot and structure or just sit down and write?
When I wrote my YA trilogy I had an outline, although not very detailed, and a general idea of the development of each one of the books, but in some cases I just start with a ‘what if’ kind of idea and keep going. I might need to stop and reflect at some point but it doesn’t usually take a long time.
Do you have a set schedule for writing?
No. There are certain things I always do, like practicing mindfulness, the five rejuvenating Tibetan rites and exercising every morning (well, I usually take one day a week off serious exercising). I try and do something different to keep my brain going too. At the moment I’m studying German on-line. I don’t have a specific schedule for writing, and it varies depending on the project, and if I’m working on a translation for somebody else I’ll dedicate most of my time to that. I can write quite quickly anywhere and at any point of the day when I’m right in the middle of a story and tend to accelerate as I get towards the end.
Your book, Escaping Psychiatry, received excellent reviews. I have a copy and look forward to reading it. Tell us what you’re working on now.
I’m editing and correcting the next book in the Escaping Psychiatry series, at the moment called ‘Escaping Psychiatry 2. The Case of the Swapped Bodies’. I’m also working on an idea for a non-fiction book, discussing the pros and cons of living alone, and I have quite a few ideas for other books in the Escaping Psychiatry series. And some other less developed projects running around in my head.
What is the genre of your latest book?
It is a suspense thriller. It’s the prequel to my book Escaping Psychiatry, a collection of three stories with the same protagonist, Mary, a psychiatrist and writer, and the criminal cases she gets involved in. It’s called Escaping Psychiatry. Beginnings.
Buy links (FREE for now, so grab it!)
|How far would a writer go for a killer story? This is the question psychiatrist Mary Miller must answer to solve the first mystery/thriller of her career. You can get to know the main characters of this psychological thriller series for FREE and test your own acumen and intuition in this novella about the price of ambition.
Dr Mary Miller is a young psychiatrist suffering a crisis of vocation. Her friend Phil, a criminalist lawyer working in New York, invites her to visit him and consult on the case of a writer accused of a serious assault. His victim had been harassing him and accusing him of stealing his story, which he’d transformed into a best-selling book. The author denies the allegation and claims it was self-defence. When the victim dies, things get complicated. The threshold between truth and fiction becomes blurred and secrets and lies unfold.
Escaping Psychiatry. Beginnings is the prequel to Escaping Psychiatry a volume collecting three stories where Mary and her psychiatric expertise are called to help in a variety of cases, from religious and race affairs, to the murder of a policeman, and in the last case she gets closer than ever to a serial killer.
If you enjoy this novella, don’t forget to check Mary’s further adventures. And there are more to come.
I love how your covers tie the series together. How are you marketing it?
I’ve decided to make it free to see if people might get interested in the series, as I’m working on the next book at the moment. I’ve shared it by chapters in my blog, I’ve also posted it in Wattpad, and I’ve been approached by a narrator who is going to do the audio version soon. I am talking about it in social media and pestering people in general.
Excellent! I just picked it up and encourage all my readers to do the same. Why do you think people will like it?
It’s a short novella, suspenseful and a good introduction to the characters of my Escaping Psychiatry series. It’s free in most places and it’s a good taster for people to get a feeling of how they might or not enjoy other books in the series. The protagonist, Mary Miller, is a psychiatrist and a writer, like I am, and that usually intrigues readers. And the suspect of the case she gets to work on is a writer, so I think it will be interesting for writers too.
How long did it take for you to write it?
I wrote the draft quite quickly, in two or three weeks.
What inspired you to write this book?
I had started writing the next book in the Escaping Psychiatry series over the summer but didn’t know how to carry on. After working on a translation for somebody else, I checked what I had written and as I kept thinking of where to go with it, I had the idea to tell the story of the first case Mary was involved in. And it worked wonderfully to get me thinking about the next book too.
What is the best way for someone to support your book, aside from buying it?
Read it and tell others about it. And if you enjoy it, have a look at some of my other books.
I could not agree more, Olga. Let’s finish with a lightning round!
Aside from people/pets, what is the ONE item you would save if your house was on fire? My Kindle.
Favorite place you’ve traveled to or would like to travel to? I want to travel to Alaska and I hope to do it soon.
Name a food you can eat everyday. Fruit. I love cherries but also most fruit. I’m also a big fan of pumpkin seeds.
I love pumpkin seeds too. Salty or sweet? Salty.
Favorite style of music? I enjoy country music, although it depends on my mood. Pop, rock, jazz, blues, classical, it depends on how I am on the day.
Favorite season. Spring.
Name something you cannot go a day without. Reading.
Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers?
I wanted to thank you, Eden, for inviting me to your blog and I wanted to thank everyone for reading. Nice meeting you all!
And it was great to meet you too Olga! Thanks for sharing about yourself.
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Connect to Olga
My name is Olga Núñez Miret and I’m a writer. I also do translations of other author’s work. What else? I was born in Barcelona, Spain, but have lived in the UK for a long time. Over the years I’ve done many things and had other lives (including working as forensic psychiatrist) but however far I wander I keep coming back to books and stories, my two earliest loves. When reading was no longer enough, I started writing. My first book was published in 2012 and my publications span different genres, from literary fiction to romance, Young Adult and psychological thrillers. I plan on writing more novels in the same genres and if my imagination so dictates, I will explore others. I love to connect with readers, so don’t hesitate to get in touch.
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