Interviews

Hi Alex Pearl, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
Oltobooks : Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Alex Pearl : I am a retired advertising copywriter from London. I have written two novels. My first, 'Sleeping with the Blackbirds' written for children and young adults was longlisted for the Millenium Awards in 2018 and selected by the Indie Author Project for distribution to public libraries across the US and Canada. In 2020 my thriller 'The Chair Man' was published as an ebook, paperback and hardback. Set in 2005, it centres on Michael Hollinghurst, a victim of the 7/7 terrorist attack on London's transport system; and his quest for retribution.
Oltobooks : What are your ambitions for your writing career?
Alex Pearl : To write yarns that are both entertaining and thought-provoking.
Oltobooks : When did you decide to become a writer?
Alex Pearl : I decided to become an advertising copywriter when I was at college. I didn't have the confidence to write a novel until I had children.
Hi John Sealey, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
Oltobooks : Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
John Sealey : I have spent my entire working life in the film and television industry, beginning my career in the cutting rooms, becoming a film editor, working on many international feature films, as well as major filmed television series. I then decided to widen my scope, and move into production becoming an assistant director, then moving into production management becoming a production manager, production supervisor, associate producer, and finally Producer/Director working with many of the major US and British studios. I have has also written and directed many commercials, documentaries and feature films. I now concentrates his creative mind on writing, starting with the adaptation of bestselling author Anne Perry’s quintet of books, ‘No Graves As Yet’ ‘Angels In The Gloom’ ‘At Some Disputed Barricade’ ‘Shoulder The Sky’ ‘We Shall Not Sleep’ a murder mystery thriller, spanning the First World War into an epic television series. Anne Perry considers it to be the best adaptation of any of her books. I then went on to write:- IF A WICKED MAN: The biography of John Lawson, one-time violent criminal who thought the world owed him a living and everything was there for the taking. His life of crime had no boundaries, until one day in his last, long prison stretch, he found God. The film rights have been acquired by a major international film company. Production is scheduled for later this year. CATESBY’S HOLY WAR: A historical drama with co-writer Ric Gannon, the true account of Robert Catesby, the Bin Laden of his time and the parallels with 9/11. . A RAINY DAY ON WALL STREET: An erotic tale of romance, sexuality, materialism, self-liberation, that explores the lives of two richly-layered characters from opposite ends of the political spectrum. THE REDUNDANT FUGITIVE: A story surrounding the unusual circumstances that ruin a man's life. Amit an Asian, living in England, a skilled marine engineer, is made redundant and as a result is innocently drawn into the sordid world of drugs, protection rackets, loan sharks, prostitution and sex trafficking. As his world begins to collapse, he decides to fight back and eventually has to go on the run. THE MAGIC WISHBONE: A children’s fairy tale story BEHIND THE GAME: set in Mumbai, India, a murder mystery thriller that explores the heartaches, joys, sorrows, successes, failures, passions, intrigues, and the intricately crooked dealings of the financial world surrounding the game of cricket. HITLER’S CUCKOOS, a compelling, at times harrowing story based on a situation which really happened early in World War Two, during the conquest and occupation of Norway which covers an aspect of it of which many of us were not aware. This moving story more than most, shows in sharp detail the inescapable horror of the betrayal and occupation of a once friendly nation. This story will deepen our understanding of what it costs and how precious peace can be and why sometimes we have to fight for it. A YOUNG MAN’S AWAKENING: set in the 19th century, a story of Michael Flanagan, a young lad who family is devastated by the Potato Famine in Ireland and manages to escape to Liverpool, where he is saved from destitution by Leon, a freed American Slave works as a bouncer in an up market brothel having manage to escape to England. Leon impressed with his ability with his fists, gets him a job at the brothel. Michael meets Maisie one of the prostitutes and she awakens to a whole new world and they fall in love from narrow Catholic up-brining that sex outside of marriage is a sin and is the work of the Devil. A wealthy Lord, a frequent visitor to the brothel impressed with Michael’s boxing skills, offers to sponsor him and have him trained as a bare knuckle fighter. Michael does well. However, Madame Rosita, the owner of the brothel, thinks it would be a money spinner for Michael to fight Leon, white against black. Michael and Leon refuse to fight each other and plan to escape to America. Eventually after many narrow escapes Michael and Maisie make to America. Leon refuses for fear he will caught by the slave catchers and sold back into slavery. Michael and Maisie find work in an upmarket brothel, but his reputation with his fists gets him involved with bare knuckle fighting once again and is forced into a bare knuckle fight against the leader of the Whyos, one the notorious Gangs of New York. THE GRAPPLING GAME, comedy screenplay based on All In Wrestling. I AM a FREEMAN OF THE CITY OF LONDON
Oltobooks : What are your ambitions for your writing career?
John Sealey : Towrite a best selling novel
Oltobooks : When did you decide to become a writer?
John Sealey : After I retired from active film production
Hi Philip Cox, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
Oltobooks : Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Philip Cox : My name is Philip Cox,and I was born and raised in a town called Southend on Sea, which is some forty miles east of London (the one in England!). When I graduated from High School I joined a UK bank as a cashier/teller, and worked my way up through the ranks until my final role there was the Manager of a High Street branch. I am married, and have two daughters.
Oltobooks : What are your ambitions for your writing career?
Philip Cox : When I first got involved in writing , it was after reading an article about a self-published author who had had a million downloads of his eBook. I thought that was a good target to aim for.
Oltobooks : When did you decide to become a writer?
Philip Cox : I recall reading somewhere that everybody had one book inside them, provided they are prepared to put in the time an effort. The secret is to write more than one! I had always wanted to write a book, but the day job always got in the way. I had to opportunity when my first daughter was born, and I took a break from banking, to sit down and put pen to paper.
Hi Selena Millman, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
Oltobooks : Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Selena Millman : I have had arthritis since I was 4-years-old. I spent most of my life in a wheelchair and using crutches. I do not dwell on my disability. It is only part of who I am. I am a follower of Jesus. I believe the Lord gave me the gift of imagination and writing to help cope with the pain. It is a great coping skill. Before I knew the Lord, He blessed me with my imagination.
Oltobooks : What are your ambitions for your writing career?
Selena Millman : I would like to inspire and help somehow. If I can help one person, it is worth it.
Oltobooks : When did you decide to become a writer?
Selena Millman : I had an idea that would not go away. I felt I had to start writing. I consider my first stories practice stories.
Hi Michael R Stern, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
Oltobooks : Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Michael R Stern : I began writing at a late age, at the confluence of opportunity and sadness. My first book began as an anecdotal memoir of my father's life. As I read through his papers, the idea of a book blossomed. Rather than retire, I decided to try my hand at writing, as both a tribute to my dad and his generation, as well as finding a fitting end to a successful career. I have now published eight books, and there are a few more sitting in various stages of incompletion. My latest is "Sarah and the Dragons".
Oltobooks : What are your ambitions for your writing career?
Michael R Stern : As a writer, I would like to readers to say, "he writes a good story." So, I'll keep writing.
Oltobooks : When did you decide to become a writer?
Michael R Stern : After my father died, I wrote my first book, Reflections on a Generous Generation. When I finished, I wondered if I could write fiction. That was when the die was cast.
Hi Rick Moskovitz, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
Oltobooks : Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Rick Moskovitz : I'm a Harvard educated psychiatrist who sees the future through the lens of enduring moral and emotional struggles.
Oltobooks : What are your ambitions for your writing career?
Rick Moskovitz : My stories are my legacy. I'd like as many people as possible to experience the worlds I create and to learn what I hold dear and how I envision the world for the generations to come.
Oltobooks : When did you decide to become a writer?
Rick Moskovitz : In the early nineties, I had something new to say about Borderline Personality Disorder and joined my expertise with my passion for teaching to write a book for patients and their families, kindling my love for the process of writing. A few years later, my fascination with the nuances and malleability of memory led me write my first work of fiction, a psychological mystery about recovered memories.
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