Sunday, June 21, 2015

Interview with Oliver Stejskal

I had the honor of interviewing author Oliver Stejskal:

1) Tell us about your latest book.

“Oliver and Jumpy”, are best of friends and experience many adventures together in this extensive series. Oliver is a black-and-white tomcat, who is very self-assured. As a matter of fact he says: “I love myself!” quite often. But his best friend Jumpy is aware that he is only putting up a front! Oliver has a soft heart and will always want to help others. The great thing is Jumpy’s pouch, which Oliver loves to ride in! He calls her his kangaroo taxi!

2) How did you get your start writing?

There are lots of fairy tales and bedtime stories around and many of them are quite violent and unsuitable for young children. This made me decide to write something different. On a flight from Europe to Australia I watched the movie ‘Magic on Belle Island’ with Morgan Freeman, where Freeman teaches a little girl to have imagination and write her first story. This inspired me as well and the first stories with the two main characters Oliver, the elegant tomcat, and Jumpy, his kangaroo lady friend, made their appearance. It was my full intention to create something quite different and maybe even controversial at times. I prefer to treat children like adults within reason. 

3) What publishing credits do you have under your belt?

This series has thirteen published books so far and another seven are coming up this year.

4) What is your writing process?

I go through different scenarios of children’s stories and find my inspiration there.

5) What has been your most rewarding writing experience?

I love to write and produce for children. I like parents telling me how much their little ones enjoy the illustrations and fairly unusual scenarios.

6) What writing projects are you working on now?

This series is ongoing and will take my full attention for a long time to come. After finalizing about 20 books, I will consider translations into other languages and finally find sponsors to turn it into a TV series.

My website:

My Amazon author’s page: (You will always find a free full-length book there and the free Introduction to the series)



Born in Vienna, Austria, Werner is now living in the paradise of Perth, Australia with his wife, two married children and three grandchildren. He worked in the printing industry for many years and later for the United Nations in Vienna. Now retired, after a full and eventful life, he began to write children’s stories. He found illustrators through Odesk, narrated them himself for YouTube and finally took the next step by publishing ebooks.


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