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, and I live in Amsterdam. On any given day, I might ride my bike along tree-lined canals. Or I might wonder how anyone pronounces the longest word in Dutch, meervoudigepersoonlijkheidsstoornis (multiple personality disorder), without acquiring another personality by the time they’re done. Then again, I might imagine 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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