Welcome back. Still chatting to Olga. Finally, your own work! Tell us all about your writing.
Thanks Ailsa. I’ve been writing since I was quite young, although, thankfully, most of it has been lost in the darkness of time. The first novel I published, called ‘The Man Who Never Was’ is a story about Jesús, a very ugly boy, and his very special family. I was very influenced by Magic Realism at the time when I wrote the first draft (I must have been 17 or 18) but have worked on the story a lot since.
The second story ‘Twin Evils?’ I also wrote years back. It’s a novella about a pair of twins, a boy and a girl, complete opposites of each other, and a their best friend, a girl their age, who finds it difficult to keep neutral between them. I published it as a YA story, although adult readers have told me it works well for adults too.
Then I published a collection of three stories that have a female psychiatrist as protagonist ‘Escaping Psychiatry’. These are psychological thrillers, and rather than the nitty-gritty of the actual police work, what I was more interested in was the motivation of the characters and how Mary (the psychiatrist) always got dragged into situations that eventually had a big impact on her own life. This book is also available as paperback and there is an audiobook version too.
‘Click Me Happy!’ is a romance where the reader can choose between three endings. A librarian who is averse to technology and social media has to get involved in that world due to her job. She meets a guy who on paper (or on screen) seems perfect (a writer, painter, talented, interested, and of course, attractive) and things develop to the point where they set to meet. And then it’s when the readers can decide what they think will happen, as I provide three endings, an unhappy one, a neutral one, and a happy one.
‘Family, Lust and Cameras’ is a novella that I had also written a long while back about obsession, voyeurism, and complex family (adoptive families in this case) relationships. In a world where everything we do is subject to surveillance, I felt it was more relevant now than when I wrote it, although I had to update it a bit. I call it a dark thriller, although I find it difficult to classify most of my work.
‘I Love Your Cupcakes’ is a romance where the main characters are taking part in a television baking competition and that gives them an opportunity to test themselves and to meet interesting people (for good and bad). And this being a romance, of course, they are romantic interests at play too. And loads of cooking. And a dog, and books, and fire station, and a school bus, and a fire-truck and a London bus… Well, you catch my drift.
At the moment I’m working (editing and correcting) a YA/NA trilogy ‘Angelic Business’ (yes, I’ve written the drafts of the three books and translated them, so the editing and correcting is a mammoth task), with paranormal elements, angels, demons, and everything in between. I hope I might start publishing the books sometime in the summer, and my plan is to publish them pretty closely one after the other (if everything is ready).
If people are curious to have a look at a draft version of the first novel (that will disappear from there before I publish it) they can check in Wattpad, here:
Of course, all my books are available in Spanish version too.
BIO AND LINKS
I’m from Barcelona, Spain, but I’ve lived in the United Kingdom for 20 years. Recently I left my job (I’m a psychiatrist and my last job was working as a forensic psychiatrist, nothing to do with profiling or anything like that) and have decided to explore other options, including dedicating more time to my writing and also, translating, not only my own books but also works by others. I also got a BA in American Literature (University of Sussex, including a year at Mount Holyoke College, yes the one mentioned in Dirty Dancing) and completed a PhD on the films of David Mamet (worth watching if you haven’t), and recently a Distance Learning Masters in Criminology (interesting but not particularly related to profiling either. Just in case you were wondering). Yes, I like to study. I also like trying to keep fit and have tried the gym, following workout videos, walks, yoga. I’m flexible but not very good with balance so…A bit tricky. I like to travel (although I don’t do it as often as I’d like), I go to the cinema and theatre fairly regularly, I go for walks, I read, I write, I crochet, I chat to friends (don’t cook much). Ah yes, and I like owls. I started trying to practice Mindfulness and meditation over a year ago but I still consider it a work in progress. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes.
Thanks so much, Olga – here’s hoping that we’ll see each other again very soon and I’m sure all my readers will be delighted with your fascinating life! Just before you give me another hug, give us your links.
Rather than give you separate links to books, the best is the website that has all the different links to the different books:
And other bits and pieces:
Olga Núñez Miret Author/translator, psychiatrist. Autora/traducciones, psiquiatra http://www.OlgaNM.com