Q&A With Jacob Olson

Jacob is new to Word Addicts in 2022 and wrote a Christmas story set in the North Pole for our upcoming anthology.

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up? When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

As a child I had a plethora of jobs that called to me. I believe one of the first I wrote down on an assignment I was given at school was to become an engineer because my oldest brother was going to college to become one. That wasn’t in the cards. I first wanted to become a writer when I realized that I had something to share.

When did you write your first story and how old were you?

I wrote my first story, the one I particularly remember, in 8 th grade for English class. I still have it somewhere in storage. It wasn’t that long but maybe I will find it one day and add to it.

How long does it take you to write a short story?

With this short story being the first one completed; it took me about three sessions to write it without any edits.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

My schedule is always full of work and family life. Raising 3 boys as a single dad is a job on its own. I work full time and help my boys with their sports in my free time which sometimes involves coaching the team they are currently playing on.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your stories?

My father was a storyteller and a good one. He used his speech to write a story. For me I have ideas pop into my head, and I expand on them as I ponder about how it would play out. I play the story in my mind visually as I think about it.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I enjoy cooking/baking, watching movies/tv shows, and spending time relaxing with family.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your story?

There is more to a story than just putting words on a paper. However, that’s the best place to start.

How many stories/books have you written? Which is your favorite?

This is my first completed story, but I hope to write many more in the future.

Have you written any full-length books, or do you have plans to? If so, what are they?

I have a couple in my mind that I plan on writing. They are fantasy/sci-fi books that I hope can create a world where many more can be written.

What do you think makes a good story?

For me a good story is one that is engaging, a page turner. Stories you stay up at night to read, later than you should, just to finish the next chapter.