Today I am delighted to welcome my guest Olga Nunez Miret, a prolific author of a number of books across several genres.
Olga was born in Barcelona and moved to the UK to study in the 1990’s. She is a doctor and also a Forensic Psychiatrist until recently, when she gave this up to pursue her dream of writing full time. Her fiction covers a number of genres including crime thriller, family saga, para-normal and romance. Olga is also a translator and works with other authors to introduce their books to a new and wider audience.
Olga is not just a supportive friend to all of us here in blog world but also to any Indie author that needs a boost. Her blog posts are informative, entertaining and her reviews are honest and show a great critical eye. If Olga says read this book.. Then you should.
She is a prolific author and here is a brief overview of her books to date most of which are in both English and Spanish.
Her first book Escaping Psychiatry is a collection of three stories in the psychological thriller genre with the same protagonist, Mary, a psychiatrist and writer. She is trying to develop her literary career but circumstances and friends conspire to keep dragging her back to psychiatry.
This was followed by The Man Who Never Was and Twin Evils?
Then came Click Me Happy! : Do you believe in love at first sight or first click? Do you think your life should be a romantic novel? Would you like to be able to choose the ending? If you’ve answered YES to any of these questions or feel intrigued by them, this novel offers you a unique opportunity. You can choose what kind of ending you want: unhappy, happy or neutral.
This was followed by Family, Lust and Cameras which is now available in audio as well as in text formats. Here are the links to audible but it will also be available on Amazon and i-Tunes shortly.
Sample in soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/olga-nm-1/family-lust-and-cameras-sample
For those who love cookery shows and romance; here is the perfect book – I Love Your Cupcakes.
Her latest book is the Novella Escaping Psychiatry. Beginnings.
About the Book
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.
One of the reviews for the book
Having read, and enjoyed, the author’s trilogy of stories featuring psychiatrist Mary Miller, I was very happy to see this prequel novella pop up on Amazon – and even more enthused to see it as free! (Who says there is no such thing as a free lunch?)
Anyway, Olga Nunez Miret is bang on form with this tale of the death of a ‘stalker’, where all is not as it seems. This is a great introduction to an empathetic protagonist. Grab a copy quickly before the author changes her mind about its pricing.
Recommended for those who like a good psychological mystery with some human foibles thrown in to keep things real.
Read for Free Escaping Psychiatry. Beginnings.
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Now it is time to hand over to Olga to find out which of the questions she chose to answer including who she would like to have a conversation with from the past.
Welcome back to the blog Olga and who would you like to meet from the past who you would like to have a conversation with. What would you tell them about their behaviour that you admired or disapproved of?
There are quite a few people from the past I’d like to talk to. Definitely quite a few writers I’d like to ask questions to, or simply hang around with (I’m fascinated by Herman Melville, I love Louisa May Alcott…), but I finally decided I’d love to talk to Michelangelo.
When I was a child I lived with my parents and my grandparents in a street of Barcelona that has his name and I’ve always been a great admirer of his art. I recently visited Florence, and I’ve also been to Rome and it’s even better when you see it close up and personal. I’ve always been curious about the publicised bad relationship he had with Leonardo Da Vinci, but more than anything I’d like to tell him how much I admire his work and to ask him about his art and how he felt when he was creating it.
I understand that at the time he worked under patronage and had to work on the projects commissioned, but which ones were his favourites? Was there something he would have liked to work on but didn’t have time to or the opportunity to? I wonder what he would have done with the means we have today. From reading some of his letters I get the sense he would be an interesting and amusing person to meet.
What is your favourite all time television series?
This is a difficult question as I’ve loved many at different times in my life, and it might depend on what mood you catch me when you ask me, but Brideshead Revisited http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083390/ comes to mind.
I loved the Granada Television series when I saw it in Spain (I think I was 16 or 17), and I remember talking to all my friends about it. I read the Evelyn Waugh’s novel later on, and it’s a beautiful and compelling story, complex, with characters who struggle with their identities, their feelings and their place in society.
The series has a cast to die for (Jeremy Irons in the first big role I ever saw him in, but also Sir Laurence Olivier, Sir John Gielgud, Claire Bloom, Anthony Andrews…), the settings are gorgeous too. Oxford looks so beautiful, they visit Venice early on in the story, and Castle Howard, the Brideshead of the title, is such a wonderful place.
I remember at the time I recorded the episodes in a VHS video and went through the titles to find out where it was (no Google then) and decided I would visit it. And I have done so quite a few times. It’s a great place – http://www.castlehoward.co.uk/ – I’ve since watched a more recent movie version that I thought wasn’t bad, but can’t really compare to the original. I’ve recommended it to a few people who’d never watched it at the time and everybody has enjoyed it. So if anybody hasn’t watched it yet, go for it.
In your lifetime what event or invention has most impacted your own life or work?
I guess I had to say computers. I know they were invented before I was born (yes, I’m old but not quite that old) but the personal computer and its expansion has definitely made a big difference to all of our lives. I remember my mother wanted to buy me an electrical typewriter for one of my birthdays when I was 16 or 17 and I told her to hold on because I had the feeling that it would be better to wait and see what computers could do as typewriters might be on the out.
I remember going to a course on how to use computers in the office many years back and being told about ‘Windows’ that was going to revolutionise everything. Were they right or what? Of course it hasn’t only changed the experience of writing, but I remember the process of typing something, making a mistake and having to go through the whole piece or page again, correcting was a very slow process, checking facts or doubts meant having to find books on the subject, visiting libraries or finding people prepared to talk to you about it. And locations, places…
What is the one big adventure that you would like to experience?
I’ve talked about wanting to visit Alaska, but I guess I’d like to experience living doing something completely different for a while. Recently I found a site – https://www.helpx.net/index.asp – where you offer to help in exchange for food and accommodation, and you work in hostels, farms, help with animals… Some of the stays are short, some can be quite long, and they have offerings for very different parts of the world.
I suspect I might be a bit too old for it, but I think it could be a great experience and offer plenty of new material for quite a few books. I also read a book about a woman who goes to a Buddhist convent in China that made me wonder how that would be like.
With regards to new projects, I’ve just published the prequel to my series Escaping Psychiatry which you will find links to in the introduction. This is available free to offer people a taster of the main characters and see if they’d be interested in reading the rest of the series. I finished writing the draft of the next instalment in the same series (that for the moment is going by the title of Escaping Psychiatry. The case of the swapped bodies) but I’m letting it rest for a while and I suspect the process of editing and translating will take me a while.
I’m also wondering about writing a non-fiction book about my experience as a woman living on my own (I’ve started putting a few ideas together, but it’s only the bud of an idea). I’m refreshing my blog and I’m planning on promoting my translation services by offering a lucky author a major discount (in exchange for signing up to my new translation matters newsletter). If everything goes according to plan that will be next month.
Oh, and I almost forgot a reminder about the audio book Family, Lust and Cameras which has been released on audio. Only 1:30 hours, so if anybody fancies listening to a pretty dark suspenseful revenge story…
Thanks so much for inviting me to blah, blah, about myself, and thanks to your readers for their patience.
My thanks to Olga for an interesting choice of questions and I think that if she does head off to Alaska we can expect some great posts about the adventure.
Here are links to buy all of Olga’s books and she has a number of selling sites to suit your requirements.. Also the various social media platforms that you can connect on.
Links and contact
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Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Olga-Núñez-Miret/e/B009UC58G0
Facebook author page: http://www.facebook.com/OlgaNunezMiret
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You Tube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeBpRkKciZEhS-6WN_pDfTQ
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