Hi Jamie Dickey, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
Oltobooks : Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Jamie Dickey : I am Canadian. A lot of school. Always loved stories from an early age. I thought my imagination was normal, but now I know it wasn't.
Oltobooks : What are your ambitions for your writing career?
Jamie Dickey : New York Times best sellers list, global reach and fan base, multiple languages translated. No longer going for the win. I want victory. I'd love to be on Team Minotaur!
Oltobooks : When did you decide to become a writer?
Jamie Dickey : Before I actually started writing.
Hi Cecelia Hopkins Drewer, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
Oltobooks : Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Cecelia Hopkins Drewer : I am from Adelaide in South Australia. My background is rural, perhaps a bit conservative, but my education has been very broadening, as has been my involvement with horror associations and speculative fiction writing.
Oltobooks : What are your ambitions for your writing career?
Cecelia Hopkins Drewer : Well I used to hope to be on book shelves, but the brick and mortar stores are going away and I have accepted that this is a very digital world. So my aim as a writer is for my work to be as accessible to the reading public as possible.
Oltobooks : When did you decide to become a writer?
Cecelia Hopkins Drewer : When I was a child - but I was not sure it would happen!
Hi Arleen Alleman, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
Oltobooks : Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Arleen Alleman : I love science and nature and have a degree in Biology. I also love creativity and spent a number of years designing and manufacturing silver jewelry. I guess you would say I'm a generalist. I've enjoyed a number of endeavors, but my primary position was as an analyst for the US Government Accountability Office.
Oltobooks : What are your ambitions for your writing career?
Arleen Alleman : With six novels and my first children's book published, I'm concentrating on marketing to try to increase reader interest.
Oltobooks : When did you decide to become a writer?
Arleen Alleman : Writing has been a life-long dream, but I did not begin that part of my journey until 2008.
Hi TVykers, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
Oltobooks : Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
TVykers : I am a professional actor, teacher and former stand-up comedian. I live in Seattle with my wife and two cats. My adult son is wrapping up his college career.
Oltobooks : What are your ambitions for your writing career?
TVykers : Mostly, I just want to give life to all the stories kicking around inside my head. But if it makes a few strangers happy, then all the better!
Oltobooks : When did you decide to become a writer?
TVykers : Decide? I was writing elaborate stories in elementary school, but I *decided* to become an actor, so that I could interpret others' stories. But I have a fairly restless imagination, so doing any one thing for too long tends to bore me, so I got more serious about writing.
Hi Stephanie, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
Oltobooks : Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Stephanie : Mark Glamack is an animator, businessman, director, producer, writer, and patented inventor. He has worked in every area of the animation industry. Over the last twelve years he has created, written, and developed two motion picture projects and a television series. Also, he invented (Scoreguide) which doubles as a marketing tool that brings commerce to the golfer and the golfer to commerce. It also provides low cost advertising for the Dot-Com market. Currently Mark is the creator, author, and Illustrator of the novel “Littluns, AND THE BOOK OF DARKNESS” the “Mom’s Choice Awards” Gold, winner for 2009, and the “Dove Award” winner for 2010. From 2000 to 2003, Glamack dedicated full time developing a new means for reversing runaway productions. This new process and invention blends a far-reaching business model with the technology that supports it. When implemented, it will reduce production costs from between one-quarter to one-half or less the costs anywhere in the world. Instead of a company sub-contracting their work overseas, they will be able to contract to a U.S. studio across town. Also, in the not too distant future Internet companies will need low cost, high quality content if they ever hope to compete in a global marketplace. From his early beginnings at Walt Disney Productions, Glamack experienced a level of quality unprecedented in the industry and the attention to details needed to achieve it. He also worked on the animated classic “The Jungle Book" and animated many of the special effects for the combination live-action/animation “Bed-Knobs and Broomsticks.” He also worked on the EPCOT promotional film, animation inserts for “The Wonderful World of Disney,” and “The Story of Walt Disney,” a Disneyland attraction. Drafted out of Disney to serve in the Viet Nam War, Glamack spent a year as a medic with the First Air Cavalry Division based thirty miles from the DMZ. Glamack also photographed and directed an ambitious documentary entitled “Is Freedom Just a Word?” He was awarded the Bronze Star. Back home in the United States, Glamack continued his career working on countless projects for Hanna-Barbera, Filmation Associates, Film Roman, HBO, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and others. Some of the titles he has animated, directed or produced are: “All Dogs Go To Heaven”, “Life with Louie”, ”He-Man and Shera-Princess of Power”, “Oliver Twist” “Bobby’s World”, “Zazoo – U”, “Spawn”, “Yogi Bear”, “Scooby-Do”, “Tom & Jerry”, “Dyno-Mutt”, “Future Flipper”, “G.I. Joe”, “A Flintstone Christmas”, “Last of the Curlews”, the animated inserts for “That’s Entertainment II”, and many more. Also, the direct to video projects; “Gen 13”, “Christmas Classics”, “Tom Sawyer”, “All Dogs Christmas”, and “All Dogs Go To Heaven”, In 1999 he was nominated for an Emmy in the Outstanding Special Class–Animated Program for “Life with Louie”. In 2002, Glamack completed his sixth term as Governor for The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. During those years he created the Over One Hour Program Category for animation and the first annual individual achievement awards’ categories (Emmy’s) for Animators / Background Artists / Background Stylists / Layout Artists / Production Designers / Storyboard Artists / and Voice Over talents. In 1996, he successfully brought the daytime Emmy awards structure for animation consistent with primetime. Appointed by the President as Vice-Chair for the ATAS Activities Committee 1991 – 1992, and later served on the Budget, Awards, and Membership Committees. Born and raised in Rochester, New York, Glamack attended Art Center College of Design, UCLA, PCC, Sherwood Oaks Experimental College and various animation courses. Mark Glamack’s philosophy includes the belief that future business successes in the entertainment industries will depend largely upon our abilities to compete on a global level through competitive production costs. “Also, we need to positively motivate, educate, enlighten, and inspire through entertaining content with more positive celebration to the human spirit.”
Oltobooks : What are your ambitions for your writing career?
Stephanie : To write all that is pleasing to God.
Oltobooks : When did you decide to become a writer?
Stephanie : I never really aspired or even wanted to be a writer. I thought that there were far more qualified than I to make a career out of writing. Oh, I have written screenplays and other works, but not in a million years would I have considered becoming an author. And besides, with all that I was already doing, there just wasn’t enough time to add any more to my plate. …and then God said to me “Write “Littluns.” This experience of pure love has changed my life. With many years of fulltime work “Littluns” is now completed in His honor.
Hi Lyndon Johnson, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
Oltobooks : Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Lyndon Johnson : My name is Joseph Johnson. I am attending Kaplan University for a Bachelor's degree in Paralegal, then I will continue my education with my Law degree.
Oltobooks : What are your ambitions for your writing career?
Lyndon Johnson : I know that this sounds cliche but I would love for 3 out my 5 books to be on the New York's Best Sellers list and to let everyone know that you can write a series if you just put your heart and soul into it.
Oltobooks : When did you decide to become a writer?
Lyndon Johnson : I have only started writing since around Halloween of 2017.
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The Mermaid (Part One)


The evening was cool

and the sky was so clear

while ripples of waves

were all I could hear


The moon shone bright

and stars twinkled on high

when from out of nowhere

came so seductive a sigh


I looked out to sea

to whence the sound came

and my eyes did believe

they were playing a game


For as waves lapped around

a rock out at sea

a beautiful vision

was sat staring at me


Naked as love

she sat all alone

on that rising edifice

of black granite stone


Her body so wondrous

that I shook with such lust

but a smile so pure

that my thoughts were unjust


Her hair was entangled

with kelp luscious green 

that protected her modesty

oh what a scene


It hung down over breasts

so excitingly full

covering the parts

that are made to enthral


My mind quickly taken

by this girl of my dreams

though as I looked closer

all was not as it seems


For legs this beauty

was completely bereft

and a long fishy tail

was all she had left


Then with a smile

that made my heart still

she slipped into the water

and I saw she was real


For she dived like a dolphin

under azure sea

and all that was left

were the ripples and me




The End........or is it?

The Mermaid (Part Two)

The man with the tear soaked eyes walked along the beach for the thousandth time. 


His hands were shaking and his lips quivering in the cold as he constantly looked out to sea, where was she, would she ever return, would she mend his broken heart.


He had but caught a fleeting glimpse of this beauty as she preened herself on that ancient granite rock, and a glimpse was all it had taken as he was now completely besotted by this angel from the deep.

Even now, weeks after the event he could still see every tiny detail of his wondrous vision. 


The sparkling blue eyes that outshone the sun, and the kelp entangled hair that glistened with the reflection from the moon. Her heaving breasts that had caused the man in him to want her body for his own sexual pleasures, and that oh so innocent smile that had replaced the pure animal lust within him with a more protective desire to take her in his arms and cherish her.

He had not kept her appearance a secret, he had told everyone he had met, and he had talked and talked and talked. 


He wanted to tell everyone about his dream girl, his mermaid from the deep, his beautiful fish tailed siren. 


But would they listen to him? The answer was no, a resounding no! 


He was laughed at, ridiculed, pointed at and made out to be the village idiot, and all just because he wanted to share what he had seen. 


But he didn't care, he would see her again, he knew he would see her again, he had to see her again. Otherwise, well otherwise he would go crazy.

Another tear ran down his face as he once again looked at the vacant rock where his angel had once sat. 


He realised that maybe they were right, maybe he was mad, just a demented old fool, someone that had let his dreams overtake reality. 


His heart wrenched tear fell to the sand and along with his hopes and dreams soaked into nothingness.


He turned away and looked no more. 


He must preserve his sanity at all costs. 


So he walked away and returned to the boredom of his sad uneventful life.

This meant that he was not there an hour later when a ripple formed in the water, as a dream like beauty pulled herself from the sea and perched on her favourite granite rock. 


She looked around, but he was not there. 


Maybe it was her imagination but she was sure she had seen love in his eyes.


Maybe if she waited he would return.


But no she thought to herself, she was being foolish. 


She slipped off the rock once more and plunged deep into the dark forbidding sea, back to reality she told herself, back in the water where nobody could see her tears.

The End

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