Author, radio and TV talk show host, and newspaper photographer, reporter/columnist, has published more than 180 books, most with major New York publishers, and hundreds of magazine articles including several in Readers Digest. Also a prize-winning photographer who often illustrates his own books and the books of other authors, he has many photos in media such as book jackets and calendars.
His books cover a wide range of fiction and non-fiction subjects from astronomy and space travel to imagery, the law, magic, nature, automobiles and auto racing, sports and science, and include the best-selling DAREDEVILS OF THE SPEEDWAY and the multi-award winning OFFSHORE! His most recent books are on race driver Lynn St. James and on the history of the death penalty, for younger readers, and an adult biography on Lt. Col. Charles S. Hudson, the most decorated bombardier in WWII (COMBAT, HE WROTE!).
He is currently working on the only authorized biography of murdered race car driver Mickey Thompson with Thompson's famed sister, Colleen Thompson Campbell, who is world acclaimed as a victims' rights advocate.
Olney is a teacher of writing and publishing with periodic classes at various colleges in the area including UCLA, USC, UCSB, and both Oxnard and Ventura College, in the Southern California region, and he lectures upon request throughout the United States. His students have a remarkable record of publication, many of them publishing first books and some becoming full time writers.
Olney served six years in the United States Air Force, flew 100 combat missions in Korea, and was decorated several times. Copies of his works, references, and a more complete biography available upon request.