With cHEwY bear and Benji Marshall

Send your questions to oliver@oliverwriter.com and I’ll answer them here.

How old are you?

Apparently this is one of the most frequent questions asked on Google, lol. I’m currently 40 in human years but my heart is still 15 years old. My birthday is 18th April 1983.

Where did you go to school?

I went to Canley Vale PS and Hoxton Park HS. 

Who were your favourite authors as a kid?

I read everything that Paul Jennings and Morris Gleitzman wrote back then. I also blitzed through Roald Dahl’s books too.

Who are your favourite authors now?

Morris Gleitzman is still up there. I love everything Andy Griffiths does. Jeff Kinnely (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) is pretty cool too. I’m also a big fan of R.A Spratt and Kate and Jol Temple.

What are your favourite books?

The Tomorrow When the War Began Series by John Marsden is still my all time fave. All 7 books were amazing, along with the extra 3 in the Ellie Chroncles.

Hating Alison Ashley by Robin Klein, Misery Guts by Morris Gleitzman and the Just series by Andy Griffiths are books I can read over and over again.

What music do you like listening to?

All time faves: Westlife, John Mayer, Eminem, The Bee Gees, Madonna, Matchbox 20, Maroon 5, One Direction, Lil Wayne, Drake, Justin Bieber

More recently: LANY, Lauv, Jonas Brothers, 

Favourite movies?

When Harry Met Sally, The Matrix, The Game, Finding Nemo, Wall-E, Serpendity, Fierce Creatures, District 9, Inception, Scott Pilgrim Vs The World, Interstellar, The Dark Knight, Mad Max:Fury Road, The Lego Movie, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Inside Out, Logan, King Kong: Skull Island, Avengers: End Game.

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All time fave video games?

I’ve been a lifelong Nintendo fan…I have everything from the NES (the original one, not that mini classic) all the way to the Switch. My favourite consoles are the Gamecube and Wii U (google them up, they are classics haha)

I also have an Xbox for other games that I can’t get on Nintendo consoles…COD, Halo and those cool first person shooters. 

Sonic The Hedgehog games (especially the older ones, I like the new ones too, but they’re not as good haha)

Super Mario Brothers 3, Skies of Arcadia (Nintendo Gamecube/Wii), Pokemon White, Advance Wars Series, Super Smash Brothers, Mario Kart series, Zelda, 

More recently, Advance Wars 2, Xenoblade 3, Pokemon Go (Level 41 baby!)


Favourite food?

Burgers, pizza, hot chips and ramen.

Favourite sports?

Handball (yes, it’s a sport!), soccer and basketball. But I love watching cricket and the NRL. I also like jogging and ran my first marathon in 2015 and again in 2017.

What teams do you support?

NRL: Wests Tigers, AFL: Greater Western Sydney Giants, EPL: Crystal Palace, A-League: Western Sydney Wanderers, Big Bash League: Sydney Thunder. 

Where do you get all your ideas from?

I feed my imagination with loads of reading. I love reading all sorts of books, so it equips me with all tools I need to write. I also borrow ideas from my friends, kids I teach and just random things I see out on public. Try catching a train and not leaving without some piece of juicy dialogue or seeing a weird guy (don’t talk to these weirdos though hehe).

What was your first book?

Thai-riffic! was my first book, which came out back in 2010!

Where were you born?

Australia mate, I was born in Sydney. Auburn Hospital to be exact.

Where do you live?

I live in Western Sydney haha

Do you ever get writers block?

No, not yet-knock on wood 🙂

Do you have any brothers and sisters?

Yes, I have a younger sister named Anna. 

Got any writing tips?

Yeah, write heaps and write often-it doesn’t matter what you write, if it makes you happy then keep writing…enter comps to gain cred, read heaps of books to get ideas for your own, copy styles that you like so you can grow as a writer, check out Publishers websites because some of them want YOUR stories! And it doesn’t matter how old or young you are-YOUR TIME IS NOW!



  • faizan Posted February 9, 2024 12:51 am

    do you actually reply to your comment or does someone do for you and do you realize the most people search up your age because your book is used for school and they make us write a report about you.

  • Ollie Posted March 14, 2024 8:20 am

    Hey sorry for the late response 😅 Yes I do respond to these comments and I’m aware kids are forced to read my books and do assignments on me haha

  • Ollie Posted March 14, 2024 8:21 am

    What sort of nut has a hole in it? A donut 😄

  • Ollie Posted March 14, 2024 8:21 am

    Yes I have many times. But I trust the process and I keep on going

  • Ollie Posted March 14, 2024 8:22 am

    It’s a story to introduce the readers to the restaurant and it was inspired by junk mail

  • Derek Tong Posted March 15, 2024 8:38 am

    Where do you live?

    Concordia Shanghai Fan, China, Shanghai

  • Ollie Posted March 19, 2024 6:00 am

    I live in Sydney, Australia 🙂

  • Ollie Posted March 19, 2024 6:01 am

    back when I was a kid, 8 years old to get my NES!

  • Ollie Posted March 19, 2024 6:01 am

    Ah no, I’m really bad at those kinda things

  • Ollie Posted March 19, 2024 6:02 am

    Thai/Lao Australian

  • Ollie Posted March 19, 2024 6:03 am

    Rugby league and cricket

  • Ollie Posted March 19, 2024 6:03 am

    I don’t have any yet 🙂

  • Ollie Posted March 19, 2024 6:04 am

    For sneakers: I like sneakernomics and Elliot Page
    For gamers: I like Spawnwave

  • Ollie Posted March 19, 2024 6:04 am

    Ah no I don’t play FNAF

  • Ollie Posted March 19, 2024 6:04 am

    I’m Christian 🙂

  • Ollie Posted March 19, 2024 6:05 am

    Ah thanks for liking Con-nerd and wow, that’s pretty good in COD!

  • Ollie Posted March 19, 2024 6:06 am

    yes that’s right!

  • Ollie Posted March 19, 2024 6:06 am

    I like any spicy ramen

  • Ollie Posted March 19, 2024 6:06 am

    Hope you had fun when I visited your school. My favourite games are Sonic and Mario

  • Ollie Posted March 19, 2024 6:07 am

    Ah sorry mate, I don’t have either game….I usually play on my Nintendo Switch instead

  • Ollie Posted March 19, 2024 6:07 am


  • Ollie Posted March 19, 2024 6:07 am

    Blue, followed by purple

  • Ollie Posted March 19, 2024 6:08 am

    Hope you had fun when I was there!!!!!

  • Gianluca Posted April 1, 2024 10:31 pm

    Do you have jordens?

  • Nadia Chekhov Posted April 1, 2024 10:38 pm

    What is your favourite book

  • Oli w Posted April 1, 2024 11:11 pm

    Do u go for the sea eagles in the NRL and the Waratahs in the super rugby? And if u dont what team do u go for then?

  • Ollie Posted April 9, 2024 5:36 am

    I go for the Mighty Wests Tigers haha. And yes I live in NSW so I’m definitely a Waratahs fan

  • Ollie Posted April 9, 2024 5:36 am

    Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl

  • Ollie Posted April 9, 2024 5:43 am

    Yes I have plenty of Jordans hehe, check out my Youtube channel for more Jordan videos https://www.youtube.com/@VirtualOliverP

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