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Olson’s monologue “I’ll Always Know Where You Are” will be published


By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

Mariah Olson

By Angie Rodenburg

Life has been a whirlwind adventure lately for Rushford-Peterson senior, Mariah Olson. In the last few weeks she has started her senior year, been voted homecoming queen, and found out that her ten-minute original monologue has been picked up for publication by Brooklyn Publishers, a leading publisher in the youth market.

Olson’s monologue “I’ll Always Know Where You Are” follows a young woman who, devastated in her childhood by being abandoned by her mother and losing her father to cancer, finds herself in an abusive relationship that eventually claims her life. When she passes, the woman is finally reunited with her father.

Olson originally wrote the monologue to perform for speech competitions in the Creative Expression category; one of the few categories that allows students to perform their own work. Olson says, “I had no idea what I wanted to write about, so I just started writing and everything fell into place.”

Forrest Musselman, one of R-P High School’s English teachers and speech coaches, was the one who encouraged Olson to send her piece to Brooklyn Publishers. “I knew Mariah’s monologue had the potential to be published. It matched up with a lot of the monologues you see today,” Musselman said. Musselman went on to say, “It’s a great piece for women. It speaks on the very serious issue of spousal abuse.”

After Musselman received an email from Brooklyn Publishers that called for submissions on single-person monologues in particular, he knew that Mariah’s piece was just the kind of story they were looking for.

Musselman helped Olson critique and edit her piece so it could be considered for publishing. Olson submitted her piece in the beginning of the summer and at the end of August she got the great news that her monologue would be published.

Olson’s “I’ll Always Know Where You Are” will now be available for purchase through Brooklyn Publishers, with a percentage of the script sales going to Olson.

While Olson does not know if she will pursue writing as a career, she is confident she will continue writing as a hobby.

Mariah is the daughter of Dave and Susie Olson.

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