My dad has gone insane. I’m not talking about your everyday, run-of-the-mill wackiness. You know, the kind that might make you say things like, “You’re crazy!” or “You’ve gone totally bonkers.” No, I mean it. My dad has gone utterly, certifiably, clinically insane. I’d have him committed, but I’m only eleven years old. They’d probably question my motives.
The Spy Who Grounded Me
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)
Runner-up—A.M. Heath Prize 2018
Winner—Undiscovered Voices 2018
Nominee—Pushcart Prize 2016
Yep, that’s me, Matthew Olson-Roy. I could be a green alien, but thanks to the concealing effects of black and white photography, you may never know.
In fact, I am a writer of middle grade and young adult fiction who lives in a tiny country called Luxembourg. You’ll find it hidden between Germany, France, and Belgium. If you trust your nose for directions, then follow the smell of sausage and champagne. You can’t miss it.
On any given day I might see a castle or two, eat an unpronounceable potato dish, or speak any of nine languages. Then again, I might wonder what it would be like to find myself on another planet in nothing but my pajamas. That’s the power of writing. I can do anything, anywhere, and still wear my fuzzy pants.
In 2018, I completed the MSt in Creative Writing at the University of Oxford with distinction. I am also a former Fulbright scholar with a PhD in Scandinavian Languages and Literature and have taught Swedish, English, and World Literature at a variety of colleges and universities in the United States. I may have translated for the C.I.A. as well, but I can't really divulge that now, can I?
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