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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 35 in human years but my heart is still 15 years old. My birthday is 18th April 1983.

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 into Charlie Higson who does the Enemy books.

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

More recently: Drake, Cardi B, Nick Jonas, Shawn Mendes, Imagine Dragons, Taylor Swift, Calvin Harris.

I list my fave tunes and albums at ‘what’s on my playlist?’ on the right side over there 🙂

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 Infinity War haha

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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. I will play Fortnite when it comes to the Switch though 🙂

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, Splatoon 2, Borderlands series, Diablo 3, Fire Emblem, Tokyo Mirage Sessions on Wii U, Pokemon Go (Level 36 baby!)

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. In this year’s world cup, Germany!

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 Cabramatta, Western Sydney.

Do you ever get writers block?

No, not yet-knock on wood 🙂

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!

 

114 Comments

  • Ollie Posted April 14, 2020 5:47 am

    Hi Tanush, yes, my new book Brain Freeze comes out in September!

  • Jono Posted April 17, 2020 1:48 am

    Hi Oliver, can you list all the countries you have been to? Thanks

  • Jono Posted April 17, 2020 1:52 am

    Hi Oliver, for the musics, do you like The Box?
    P.S Stay safe!!!

  • Ollie Posted April 17, 2020 2:02 am

    yeah I love Roddy Ricch, he’s cool 🙂

  • Ollie Posted April 17, 2020 2:02 am

    Ha! Is this for some assignment? I’ll see what I can do later.

  • Jono Posted April 17, 2020 4:29 am

    NO! NO! I am just wondering…

  • Jono Posted April 17, 2020 4:33 am

    Hi Oliver, the time of every post seems to be a little bit wrong:)

  • hana Mohamed Posted May 31, 2020 9:37 pm

    hello i am new here… but your books are THRILLING ME!! i like the funny sense of humour you put on the book!!!

  • jeff Posted June 2, 2020 7:45 am

    can you pls tell me what important life expectancies you’ve had.

  • jeff Posted June 2, 2020 7:47 am

    pls, reply when you can cause i am doing a project on you.

  • jeff Posted June 2, 2020 7:48 am

    hopefully as early as possible

  • Ollie Posted June 2, 2020 8:03 am

    For me, important life experiences have been having my first book published back in 2010, as well as being invited to the Sydney writers festival in 2012, all the way up to 2019 which was a great life experience.
    Or are you talking about expectations?

  • jeff Posted June 2, 2020 9:14 am

    thanks a lot, but what or who inspired you to write and also who do you look up to

  • jeff Posted June 2, 2020 9:18 am

    also, how are you inspirational

  • Ollie Posted June 3, 2020 7:27 am

    I am inspirational because I inspire kids to write funny stories.

  • Ollie Posted June 3, 2020 7:27 am

    I write to make people laugh and I look up to funny authors like Andy Griffiths

  • jeff Posted June 5, 2020 11:22 am

    ok thanks

  • jeff Posted June 5, 2020 11:31 am

    also what is your life goal

  • jeff Posted June 14, 2020 10:45 am

    can you pls answer me

  • Ollie Posted June 14, 2020 11:48 am

    My life goal is to write 100 books

  • Jada Posted August 6, 2020 2:41 am

    Hello Oliver, what is your fav Color.

  • LLLLLLLLL Posted August 17, 2020 1:50 am

    What school did you go to?
    I am doing an assignment

  • Ollie Posted August 18, 2020 12:52 am

    Blue

  • Ollie Posted August 18, 2020 12:52 am

    I went to Canley Vale PS and Hoxton Park HS

  • gerald Posted August 20, 2020 11:41 pm

    When have you shown courage in your life?

  • Bensie Posted August 20, 2020 11:48 pm

    Do you have any wise words or quotes?

  • Ollie Posted August 20, 2020 11:51 pm

    Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened

  • Ollie Posted August 20, 2020 11:51 pm

    When I decided to become a writer

  • beatrice Posted August 27, 2020 2:24 am

    What are your family members names?
    (Your mum, dad and sister)

  • Bensie Posted August 27, 2020 11:25 pm

    How many countries have you had maccas in?

  • Ollie Posted August 27, 2020 11:44 pm

    26

  • Ollie Posted August 27, 2020 11:45 pm

    Dad is Sakorn, Mum is Penny and Sister is Anna

  • Bensie Posted August 31, 2020 1:23 am

    What inspired you to become a writer

  • Bensie Posted September 10, 2020 11:18 pm

    Also how did you feel doing your first comedy act, was it a success and how did you prepare?

  • Bensie Posted September 10, 2020 11:24 pm

    Did your family support your dream to become an author

  • Bensie Posted September 10, 2020 11:38 pm

    What gives you inspiration for your books?

  • Bensie Posted September 10, 2020 11:39 pm

    What is your favourite food

  • Ollie Posted September 10, 2020 11:53 pm

    Yes

  • Ollie Posted September 10, 2020 11:53 pm

    Reading other people’s books

  • Ollie Posted September 10, 2020 11:53 pm

    You should read my Q and A for more information.

  • finn Posted September 14, 2020 5:53 am

    what is your nintendo username I want to know so I can friend you, nintendo brothersss!!!!!!

  • Ollie Posted September 15, 2020 6:36 am

    Hello Finn. My friend code is SW-8563-9586-2692

  • Imogen Posted October 12, 2020 2:04 am

    Hi Oliver, I am doing an assignment on you and thai-riffic at school (you came to Southern Cross Kippa-Ring in 2018) justbwondering do you have any pets and if so hat animals and what are their names

  • Libby Posted October 14, 2020 2:08 am

    how many books have you written

  • Libby Posted October 14, 2020 2:11 am

    How many books have you written?????

  • Ollie Posted October 16, 2020 12:14 am

    Hey Imogen, I don’t have any pets I’m afraid. Good luck with your assignment

  • Ollie Posted October 16, 2020 12:14 am

    10 so far :-p

  • Imogen Posted October 19, 2020 2:04 am

    Where can we get a life size cut out of you? ….. I am not a creep this is for an assignment

  • hi Posted October 19, 2020 2:14 am

    and btw its a really good book

  • Ollie Posted October 19, 2020 7:55 am

    Haha you might need a printer I reckon 🙂

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