© 2015–2018 by Matthew Olson-Roy.

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Trolls are a prickly bunch. Well, more rock-hard, really, but prickly gets to the heart of their mood. They don’t much care for mushbumps. That’s what they call people like you and me. Don't get me wrong. A nice, juicy human appetizer suits them just fine every now and then. They just can’t stomach all the yelling and screaming.

 

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January 16, 2018

It's official! An excerpt from my novel, The Spy Who Grounded Me, has been selected as one of the winning entries in the 2018 Undiscovered Voices competition! All winning entries have been published in the Undiscovered Voices 2018 Edition anthology, which is avail...

December 15, 2017

Thank you to Jess Bauldry, Ernster All English Bookstore, and the members of Luxembourg Writers Who Talk for a fantastic evening sharing work in progress. The open forum gave me the opportunity to introduce part of my latest novel, The Rules of Loneliness, to the publi...

December 13, 2017

I am thrilled to announce that an excerpt from my middle grade novel, The Spy Who Grounded Me, has been longlisted in the 2018 SCBWI British Isles Undiscovered Voices competition! SCBWI describes the competition as a way "to help fresh, new voices in children's literat...

June 27, 2016

The 3288 Review recently asked me to sit down with them and talk about my Pushcart Prize-nominated short story, “Our Monstrous Family”, as well as the process of reading and writing so far away from home. Read the complete interview online.

June 21, 2016

You can’t tell from my blog, but I have been very busy. Honest! Even though honesty may not always be the best policy (see the photo)…

Ceiling art at Casino Luxembourg 

In November of last year, my short story “Our Monstrous Family” was published in The 3288 Review, and...

May 28, 2015

If you can keep your kids reading and writing over the summer holidays, they’ll be ready to jumpstart their next school year. Reading is easy. Just 30 minutes a night before bedtime will advance their reading skills. Some schools have even abolished homework in favor o...

May 6, 2015

The Creature of the Month series explores the folktales that inspired Tales from Little Lucilinburhuc.

The most beloved folktale in Luxembourg by far is the tale of Melusina (in English here), who agrees to marry Count Siegfried, legendary founder of Luxembourg, if only...

April 29, 2015

The Creature of the Month series explores the folktales that inspired Tales from Little Lucilinburhuc.

 

In the northeastern corner of Luxembourg there is a region filled with hidden canyons called Mullerthal. With its narrow passages hewn through sheer walls of rock, it...

April 13, 2015

The Creature of the Month series explores the folktales that inspired Tales from Little Lucilinburhuc.

 

Only a few dragons appear in Luxembourgish folklore, but I wouldn’t want to mess with any of them. One of the dragons guards a widow's daughter who annoyed her mother...

 

What do Melusina and Cinderella have in common? What makes their stories different from a story like Frozen? Today I’ll be meeting with the third and fourth graders at the International School of Luxembourg to talk about what makes folktales special. We’ll explore fol...

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