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 September 15, 2022 3:12 pm

    Lots of practice and hard work

  • Ollie Posted September 15, 2022 3:12 pm

    Just thinking about the opposite of normal

  • Ollie Posted September 15, 2022 3:12 pm

    Yes I do, all the time

  • Ollie Posted September 15, 2022 3:13 pm

    Ah very cool!

  • Ollie Posted September 15, 2022 3:13 pm

    Ah thank you!

  • Nashwan Posted September 16, 2022 7:11 am

    Ok Thank you!

  • Nashwan Posted September 16, 2022 7:13 am

    I’m going to publish that story I want to submit to you today!

    heeey isn’t my website

  • Nashwan Posted September 16, 2022 7:15 am

    I got my pen licence today lol

  • Nashwan Posted October 14, 2022 10:29 am

    I was reading my scholastic book for this issue (issue 7 2022 423) and i found “What About Thao”didnt know you realeased it now? From crawford btw. I wanna ask my parents if can buy it, its ^$16 AUD.I aslo found a book of a really good tv show! (Bloodmoon Huntress 051)!

  • Nashwan Posted October 21, 2022 12:45 pm

    One of ur fav games (MInecraft Dungeons) actually looks like Minecraft Legends which is coming out in 2023

  • Ollie Posted February 8, 2023 1:51 am

    Hi Nashwan, yeah What About Thao came out last year and was featured in Bookclub 🙂 Did you manage to get it?

  • Ollie Posted February 8, 2023 1:52 am

    yeah I am pumped for Minecraft Legends…but we’ll see how reviews go. I prefer the Dungeons style than the FPS style

  • Ollie Posted February 8, 2023 1:52 am

    yay! Congrats mate

  • jana Posted February 11, 2023 10:38 am

    hi Oliver Phommavanh i read thai riffic and was such a great book

  • Ollie Posted April 18, 2023 6:25 am

    awww thanks for your kind words Jana

  • Tessa Posted April 27, 2023 1:03 am

    How old are you?

  • Jade Posted July 18, 2023 11:54 pm

    What do you think about your fans?

  • Jade Posted July 18, 2023 11:59 pm

    •what inspired you to do all 3 of those jobs?
    •if you could only choose one job what would it be?
    •what is the thing you admire?
    •do you get annoyed by answering your fans questions?
    •do you loved to meet your fans and make them happy?

  • Dave Posted August 7, 2023 2:14 am

    What is your favourite sonic game, mine is sonic 3

  • Ollie Posted August 7, 2023 4:46 am

    Mine is Sonic 2 😀

  • Ollie Posted August 7, 2023 4:49 am

    I loved reading when I was a kid so I want to inspire kids to read too.
    If I could do one job it would be an author
    I admire books
    I don’t get annoyed
    I love meeting fans especially if they read my books hehe

  • Ollie Posted August 7, 2023 4:50 am

    They are the best hehe

  • Ollie Posted August 7, 2023 4:50 am

    I am 40 years old 😄

  • Mark Posted August 8, 2023 2:32 am

    Your bio said you had a gamecube, have you played pikmin?

  • Max Posted August 8, 2023 2:42 am

    Who is you favourite actor
    And movie
    Mine is extraction 1&2

  • Max Posted August 8, 2023 2:43 am

    What was your favourite book that you made

  • Ollie Posted August 8, 2023 6:09 am

    Mine is Bill Murray hehe

  • Ollie Posted August 8, 2023 6:13 am


  • Max Posted August 8, 2023 11:10 pm

    What is your favourite minecraft update?

  • SuTart Posted August 8, 2023 11:16 pm

    Your coming to my school (Werribee primary school) soon!
    I is so excited

  • Kat Posted August 8, 2023 11:30 pm

    What’s your favourite colour?

  • Mark Posted August 8, 2023 11:33 pm

    Thanks for answering!

  • Maddy Posted August 14, 2023 1:58 am

    hey oliver!

  • Maddy Posted August 14, 2023 2:37 am

    Hey Oliver!!

  • DeluxRenx Posted August 14, 2023 11:44 pm

    Hey lol have you ever played genshin impact or Honkai star rail? If not you should play them they both are very similar. But you will need lots of space for genshin lol

  • Johnny Posted August 15, 2023 12:29 am

    Hello Oliver P. I Cant Wait To See You Soon! I have a few questions (: also what’s your favorite game?

  • Adele Posted August 15, 2023 2:18 am

    what is ur favourite type of ramen? mine is tonkotsu

  • Dorothy Posted August 16, 2023 8:48 am

    my whole class is reading Thai-riffic! i heard you were coming to my school!!

  • i like yo books Posted August 21, 2023 11:57 pm

    i like con nerd really nice and cool book and i also like Call of duty i got 5 kills yesterday

  • pubg pro Posted August 24, 2023 7:28 am

    You came to my school recently but I was away. My Question is, what’s your religion?

  • Lacey Posted August 25, 2023 12:03 am

    Hey!Do you play five nights at freddys?And if so,who is your fav animatronic

  • conon Posted August 25, 2023 12:07 am

    what is your favorite youtuber

  • Lacey Posted August 25, 2023 12:09 am

    Do you have kids

  • Travis Posted August 25, 2023 12:18 am

    What are ur fav sport

  • sybil Posted August 25, 2023 12:18 am

    whats ur nationality?

  • Shane Posted August 29, 2023 12:25 am

    have you ever thought about making art e.g clay sculptures etc

  • Hamdan Posted August 30, 2023 11:20 pm

    When did you get your first nintendo/ console.

  • Nedal Hamaid Posted October 11, 2023 10:26 pm

    Hi, Question, What Ideas did you have while writing Chapter 1 of thai riffic. It is for a school project.

  • Luke Posted October 26, 2023 3:15 am

    have you ever doubted youself while in the middle of writting a book

  • Mike Posted December 7, 2023 1:30 am

    If you like writing comedy stories, what are some of you favourite joke.

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