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!



  • Ollie Posted October 19, 2020 7:55 am

    Haha you might need a printer I reckon 🙂

  • Hi! Posted October 21, 2020 1:23 am

    What University did you go to, to become a teacher

  • Libby Posted October 21, 2020 2:00 am

    Have you ever done something you wish you could have now changed?

  • Ollie Posted October 21, 2020 11:11 am

    I went to Sydney Uni

  • Ollie Posted October 21, 2020 11:11 am

    Hmmm no regrets for me tbh

  • random kid Posted October 22, 2020 1:40 am

    Have you gone through any hardships as a writer previously?

  • Jonah Posted October 26, 2020 1:25 am

    Hello Oliver, i was wondering whether you ever a teacher and if so, what did you teach

  • unknown??? Posted October 29, 2020 1:08 am

    How would you rate Misery guts (out of 10).

  • Reece Posted October 29, 2020 4:21 am

    where did you go to school high school and high

  • Angus Cameron Posted November 2, 2020 8:35 am

    What made you want to become a author of writing kids books? And why did you become a writer ? As you say same, same but different.

  • unnamed Posted November 9, 2020 4:20 am

    who is your favorite star wars character

  • Ollie Posted November 9, 2020 5:46 am

    Only being rejected for stories but everyone has to deal with that

  • Ollie Posted November 9, 2020 5:46 am

    I was a Primary School teacher so I taught everything

  • Ollie Posted November 9, 2020 5:46 am

    8 out of 10

  • Ollie Posted November 9, 2020 5:47 am

    I wanted to write kids books because I’m still a big kid myself. And I love reading

  • Ollie Posted November 9, 2020 5:47 am


  • unnamed 2 Posted November 9, 2020 11:00 pm

    do you play roblox

  • Amber Slatter Posted November 27, 2020 1:35 am

    what is your favourite colour

  • Ollie Posted November 27, 2020 11:15 pm

    No I don’t 🙂

  • Ollie Posted November 27, 2020 11:15 pm

    Blue and purple 🙂

  • Crazy Kidz Posted February 3, 2021 1:50 am

    Where did you find the word CHEWY GUM GUMSSSS????

  • Ollie Posted February 4, 2021 3:39 am

    It’s a made up word. I think imagination is like chewing gum so that’s why I call my stories, cHEwY creations!

  • Zayan Posted February 4, 2021 8:44 am

    I am from Caddies Creek Public School, and we are doing an author study. I have a few questions to ask.
    Firstly, do you have a link to Hot and Spicy we can read?
    Secondly, when did you get your writers degree
    Thirdly, Do you have any hobbies that we could know about?
    Thank you.

  • Zayan Posted February 5, 2021 11:58 pm

    In total, how many books have you written?

  • Zayan Posted February 6, 2021 2:04 am

    Which school did you teach at?

  • Ollie Posted February 6, 2021 2:06 am

    Hi Zayan
    Thanks for doing an assignment on me
    1. No link mate, u gotta buy or borrow the book.
    2. WSU
    3. Gaming and reading

  • Ollie Posted February 6, 2021 2:06 am

    This one u can do on your own, count the books on the main page

  • sareena and gursheen Posted February 11, 2021 12:55 am

    Hi Oliver we are doing author study at caddies creek public school while reading your amazing book con-nerd we had some questions
    1. whats your favourite book you wrote?
    2. do you have any pets?
    3. what country do you dream to go to after COVID?

  • Ollie Posted February 15, 2021 2:39 am

    Hello Sareena and Gursheen
    Thanks for being cHEwY gum gums who love Con-nerd!
    1. Thai-riffic! AND Con-nerd
    2. No pets
    3. I’d love to go to South Africa 🙂

  • sienna Posted March 3, 2021 10:53 pm

    do you have any children?

  • sami Posted March 3, 2021 10:54 pm

    Hello Oliver i’m from ruse p I loved your presentation.
    What is your least Favorited book?

    Also what i your favorite game to play at school

  • cooper Posted March 3, 2021 10:56 pm

    how many years did it take you to write all of your books?

  • kaylee Posted March 3, 2021 10:56 pm

    do you write any new books and are u gonna write a new book soon?

  • Cooper Posted March 3, 2021 10:57 pm

    Hello Oliver, I am from ruse P.
    I loved your presentation, and i hope to see you again soon!
    Also, what was your favorite book you’ve ever made?

  • akshaya Posted March 3, 2021 10:57 pm

    how long have you been intersted in writing books?

  • brayden Posted March 3, 2021 10:57 pm

    why do you go for the west tigers

  • sally Posted March 3, 2021 11:41 pm

    where do u get those cool shirts from?

  • xander Posted March 3, 2021 11:42 pm

    how old are you

  • braxton Posted March 3, 2021 11:43 pm

    your a funny guy i think you are smart

  • lillian Posted March 3, 2021 11:44 pm

    how many classes have you taught

  • braxton Posted March 3, 2021 11:44 pm

    your a funny guy i think you are smart

  • tyler Posted March 3, 2021 11:44 pm

    What type of book is your next one going to be about?

  • payson Posted March 3, 2021 11:45 pm

    how many book do you have?

  • `owen Posted March 3, 2021 11:45 pm

    how did you grow up to be a smart person

  • joselyn Posted March 3, 2021 11:48 pm

    how do you make funny books

  • Yasmin Posted March 3, 2021 11:49 pm

    How many years have you been writing for

  • Ollie Posted March 4, 2021 1:14 am

    I’ve been writing for 11 years now

  • Ollie Posted March 4, 2021 1:29 am

    You write about things you find funny 🙂

  • Ollie Posted March 4, 2021 1:29 am

    Reading LOTS OF BOOKS

  • Ollie Posted March 4, 2021 1:29 am


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