Hello there travelers of the word,
Saturday Author Spotlight is here and Stephen Oliver is stopping by to chat and hang out with us for a bit. You know me I don’t fluff the words. Let’s get to this interview. Welcome Stephen.
What inspired you to start writing?
I enjoy creating stories and ideas, and telling them to others. I found that I have a talent for telling stories that others love to read and hear.
When did you decide that you wanted to publish your first story?
Describe your writing space.
I have a home office. In one corner, a corner desk with my MacBook Pro, iPad Air, Amazon Kindle Fire, three external disk drives, and an Apple Air Port backup drive.
.How do you do research for your books?
Google searches, reading.
What motivates you to keep writing?
It is the most enjoyable thing I know that I can do on my own, with my clothes on.
Writing can be emotionally draining and sometimes stressful- particularly when stepping into the publishing realm of things. Any tips to share for the aspiring writers out there?
Believe in yourself. Find likeminded writers and support one another. Keep going.
Tell me about the books you write.
Genres first: self-help, science fiction, space opera, fantasy, urban fantasy, horror, fairytales, fairy stories, noir, detective fiction, humour, YA, children’s books. I like to explore the strange and sometimes mystical in what would otherwise be a mundane world. Magic and the weird are only a moment away, around a corner, or down a lane. Nothing is what it seems and, to quote J.B.S. Haldane, “The universe is not only queerer than we imagine, it is queerer than we *can* imagine.” I like to celebrate this weirdness, and tell my stories based on it.
How many books have you written so far? Are you in any anthologies? Which book has been your favorite to write? If you have a one that is. 🙂
At present, I have two science fiction novels completed, one of which is YA. I have four finished anthologies set within my narrative universe, which is a blend of scientific and magical, with some supernatural and noir thrown in for good measure. I also have three more anthologies as WIPs in the same narrative universe, which are offshoots of the original series. There are also two more novels, one part of a proposed science fiction tetralogy, and the other a hero quest, both still WIPs. Other projects are still in the planning phase. My favourite(s) are the original anthology series.
Do you have a favorite character that you have written? Why are they your favorite? Are they the main character? Tell us about them.
I have so many characters that I write about that it is difficult to choose. Basically, the one I am working on is my favourite of the moment. My current one is Gilgamesh, based on the idea that the Babylonian king was actually an immortal. However, there is a couple I intend to write more about, with the codenames Orion and Nimrod.
Tell us about your latest writing project
A book with the working title “House of Doors” about a strange house that appears in the weirdest places and allows people to go to any time and/or place.
Let’s get to know a bit more about you. What do you like to do when you are not writing?
At present, writing is my main occupation. I do, however, enjoy playing with visual images, so I have been known to do compositing tricks and VFX for my own entertainment. I also enjoy cooking and creating interesting spice blends.
If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
Weird, talkative, enthusiastic.
If it were possible to have your favorite season all year long what season would it be?
Why did you choose that particular season?
The heat of summer is over, the chill of winter is yet to come, and the colours of the trees are incredible.
What songs/ music are on your playlist?
New Age, Cirque du Soleil, Rock, Synthesiser, relaxation.
What is your favorite food?
Who is your favorite author and why?
Isaac Asimov, for his clarity of writing, his humour, and the incredible number of subjects he covered in his lifetime.
What are you reading right now?
The Instrumentality of Mankind, by Cordwainer Smith
What is one thing your readers don’t know about you?
I spent 30 years working in Switzerland as a software engineer, working for banks, insurances and a nuclear research facility (not CERN, the other one).
Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
Thank you for joining me on my blog today. Is there anything else you’d like to say before we head on out?
I enjoyed this little chat. I would like to add that I have also self-published a self-help book, available at the following locations:
AND thank you for stopping by the blog today. Until next time travlers.
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