My name is Olga Núñez Miret and I am from Barcelona but have lived in the UK for over 20 years (yes, I’m that old!).
I am a doctor and my most recent job was as a Forensic Psychiatrist in the NHS (not exactly like the profilers in the movies, or anything to do with CSI either), but I have also completed a degree in American Literature at the University of Sussex (including a year abroad at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts) and a PhD on the Films of David Mamet. I was also teaching assistant whilst completing the PhD, mostly on Film courses. From the end of March 2014 I’m going to try and explore other avenues including dedicating more time to my writing, translating (other people’s books too), exploring and… who knows? I’ll keep you informed.
I can’t stop studying and I have recently finished a Distance Learning MSc on Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Leicester.
I have loved reading and writing since she was a child. My father always says that even before I could read I’d always ask what any signs or writing meant.
I have written all kinds of things over the years: short stories (some now disappeared), novels, novellas and plays, in English, Spanish and Catalan. I’m pretty bad at poetry, so I leave that alone. Some of my writings have been edited into the trash bin, but a few are still available and sitting quietly waiting for their moment in the sun. (Or an e-reader, most likely). Due to the many distractions (studies, jobs, fitness, the Antiques Road show, cinema…) I have never fully dedicated myself to the business of writing, but after a minor health scare I decided that there is no time like now. Carpe diem!
My main love is fiction and I have tried a variety of genres (crime, family saga, para-normal, science-fiction…). Apart from reading and writing, I loves the cinema, the theater (modern, classic, musicals…), fitness classes (and more recently also yoga), walking, crochet, and owls.
My main aim is not to be boring and to entertain.
The first of my books to be published as e-book is ‘The Man Who Wasn’t There’ also available in Spanish version: ‘El hombre que nunca existió’.
I’ve published a novella also suitable for older YA with a bit of the paranormal, ‘Twin Evils?’ (‘Gemela Maldad’ in Spanish) and a romantic novella with three endings to choose from, ‘Click Me Happy!’ (in English and Spanish). To start 2014 I have published ‘Escaping Psychiatry’ (collecting three novellas I had previously published separately) in a single volume with an epilogue and also the Spanish version ‘Una vez psiquiatra…’. Both ‘Click Me Happy!’ and ‘Escaping Psychiatry’ area available in paper format in English and Spanish (and ‘Escaping…’ also available in Barnes & Noble, Kobo and the Apple Store). For more details of my writing you can check my amazon page:http://www.amazon.com/Olga-Núñez-Miret/e/B009UC58G0
For other formats of Escaping and Una vez psiquiatra:
I try to update my website and it has samples of my writings, videos…
Or my Facebook author page where I post about other writers and interesting stuff (I hope!):
I’m on Twitter but they suspend me often, so better try me somewhere else just in case:
I have links to the books fixed on the page and get messages when I receive comments but come to visit me anywhere.
If you want to know why ‘Just Olga’ I’ve always asked my patients to call me Olga, rather than Doctor so and so. I remember a junior doctor who was training with me asking me why I did that and I told him that I knew I was a doctor and didn’t need other people to tell me that. So, for you too, ‘Just Olga’ will be more than fine.
Thanks for reading and I hope to see you around very often.