Olsson graduated from Vassar College with Bachelor of Arts degree in 1981.
Jennifer Olsson makes much of her living as a fly-fishing guide in Bozeman, Montana. Olsson also has lectured on fly-fishing in the country of Sweden. She has put much of her knowledge and experience into writing, contributing to anthologies on the sport including The World’s Best Trout Flies, A Different Angle, and Uncommon Waters.
For two years from 1982 Olsson served as a radio announcer and copywriter for KBOZ, changing her working position to become a salesperson at Computerland in Bozeman, where she remained only for a year. She was an owner of High Country Angler, a fly shop in Bozeman, from 1984 till 1987. In addition, Olsson served as a fly fishing guide, author, speaker from 1985.
Olsson’s first book of her own, Cast Again: Tales of a Fly-Fishing Guide, saw print in 1996. As the title implies, Olsson has filled the volume with stories from her years as a professional fishing guide.
She has appeared also on radio and television shows in the United States and in Sweden, as well as in CD-ROM program Great Rivers of the West and in video Women and Fly Fishing.
Along with her husband, Lars-Åke, she guides fly fishers each summer in Gimdalen, Sweden, and creates books and bison yarns each winter in Bozeman, Montana.
“I write because I want to share. The craft of writing is a challenge that I can’t seem to leave alone. Life as a fly fishing guide has inspired me to write about people and their interactions with each other and with rivers. Because I divide my time between the United States and Scandinavia, the landscapes of Montana and the forest country of Sweden are the settings for my stories. I have been influenced by the writings of western women authors: Mary Clearman Blew, Linda Hasselstrom, Terry Tempest Williams, Pam Houston, Teresa Jordon, Gretel Erlich."
“The mysterious process of writing directs me more than I direct it. While in the midst of a conversation, event, or adventure, a story may present itself and want to be told. Sometimes looking back over certain events I see stories that have been hiding from me for years. Telling them gives me pleasure."
“For the first time in our history, a woman’s voice speaking about her life in the outdoors—as a wife, mother, lover, adventurer—is being heard in record numbers. It is important to me to participate in this effort.”
Olsson is a member of Trout Unlimited, Federation of Fly Fishers and Northwest Outdoor Writers Association.
Olsson married for the first time in 1984, and divorced in 1993. She married again Lars-Ake Olsson, an author and riverkeeper, on January 28, 1995. She has a child from the first marriage - Peter, her stepchildren from the second marriage - Magnus and Frank.