Fiction Focus: 10 questions with ‘Raggleroot’ author Erik Olsen

“Raggleroot” is the third installment in Erik Olsen’s “Flin’s Destiny” series, which was born from a weird dream.

Book 4 of the series is slated to hit the market later this year and you can find each of the previous books on Amazon.com and BarnesAndNoble.com.

“Raggleroot” was released on Jan. 8, 2013.

Olsen took a few minutes to field a few questions in the Fiction Focus Q&A hot seat, for which we are very grateful.

How did you come up with the idea for the “Flin’s Destiny” series?

I feel I really can’t take the credit for “Flin’s Destiny,” the idea came from a surreal dream.

In 75 words or less, what is “Raggleroot” about?

“Raggleroot,” what a great book! “Raggleroot” is a fun book with much adventure as well as action. Raggleroot is the descendant of the partner of Flin’s great Grandfather, Hovgard. Hovgard found a way to make it to the surface but never did return to free his partner. As a result, Raggleroot has sworn Vengeance on Flin’s return and is determined to destroy Cobble Cavern as well as all those in it.

What is the Erik Olsen writing routine like?

Great question. It seems I get my best ideas late into the night. When it flows out of me, I continue to write. When it seems forced, I stop. I write in the den and am surrounded by nutcrackers and other peculiar items as well as colored lights reflecting off of things, giving me great fantasy energy.

Who would play the major characters in “Raggleroot: The Movie”?

Tough decisions. Jim Carrey could possibly play Raggleroot. Russell Crow could definitely be Head Revels. And I’m uncertain as to who would play, Flin.

What shows are “must see” TV viewing in the Olsen home?

Not many really. However, more movies than TV. “The Hobbit,” “Sky Fall,” “Snow White and the Huntsman.”

If you were stranded on a desert island and could only have three albums, which would they be?

Howard Jones, Deaf Leppard, and as strange as this may sound, Irish Celtic music, more for sentimental reasons, all different types of music for different moods.

What is the happiest moment writing has brought to you?

It seems, being able to be in front of elementary kids and try to inspire them to read and write, especially those that don’t think they have it in them to do so.

What authors have influenced your writing style the most?

Obviously the best in the fantasy business, or so I think. J.K Rowling and J.R.R Tolkien.

If you could have dinner with anyone, past or present, who would it be?

The people I share dinner with at this very moment in my life, my family.

What advice would you offer to aspiring novelists?

Write what you’re passionate about, not what you think people want to read, but what gets you excited and keeps you wanting to push at the keys on the computer. Do that, and it comes out naturally, otherwise, it’s forced.