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Hi Lorraine Gale Amede, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
Oltobooks : Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Lorraine Gale Amede : I am 84 years old and have been writing since I was 16 years old. I have 8 children and plenty of grandchildren and Great Grandchildren. I am a published author and have 9 other books available on Amazon.com.au
Oltobooks : What are your ambitions for your writing career?
Lorraine Gale Amede : I have written screen plays and TV manuscripts. With the assistance of my eldest daughter Lorraine we are currently producing two movie trailers for the big screen.
Oltobooks : When did you decide to become a writer?
Lorraine Gale Amede : At 16 years of age there was not a lot of things to do back then and for a girl like me I loved to imagine and live in a world of fantasy with many of my stories forming in my mind and then transposing them to paper, I could see the story unfold before my eyes. so my career began without my knowing that 60+ years later I would still be writing.
Hi Michael J Bowler, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
Oltobooks : Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Michael J Bowler : I have lived my entire life in California, both northern and southern. I was born with hearing loss and grew up having to compensate as best I could among my peers, and I've always loved reading and writing. I also love volunteer work. I've been a volunteer Big Brother to 8 boys (and counting) through the Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters program and spent most of my adult life volunteering with incarcerated youth. I've also been a high school teacher for many years and have just fulfilled a lifelong goal by adopting a child.
Oltobooks : What are your ambitions for your writing career?
Michael J Bowler : I just want readers to enjoy my books and hopefully internalize the positive messages they contain. I don't expect to get rich from writing or even to acquire an agent and/or major publishing deals. I write stories that are outside the box that aim to elevate us as human beings, rather than teach us to wallow in the worst qualities of human nature. I especially hope teens read my books because most media today is nihilistic and presents a sense of hopelessness that severely damages youth. I want them to believe they can truly be a positive force in the world and, by their individual choices, change the world for the better.
Oltobooks : When did you decide to become a writer?
Michael J Bowler : In graduate school, I learned filmmaking, but I focused on writing because that was always my first love. After writing and/or directing some low budget horror films, I decided to try writing a novel. As a full time high school teacher, I didn't have much time, but eventually completed my first novel, A BOY AND HIS DRAGON, in 2011, and have continued ever since. Dragon is currently a free read on Wattpad.
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.
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He rode an old McClellan that had seen better days

But he sat up there like a king who controlled all he surveyed

His mount a buckskin mare as pretty as you’ve seen

With legs meant for working and eyes bright and clean

Behind him trailed a mule, a fine example of the breed

A pack piled high with goods but no halter or a lead

 

I asked him where he’s headed and where he might have been

The reason for his travel and what he might have seen

“I’ve seen the greatest country that God ever made

Sometimes mountain vistas, sometimes a grassy plain.

I’ve seen family members who make me feel ashamed

And many fellow workers who lie their way to fame

 

I’ve seen herds of caribou clicking cross the plain

Massive Mountain Grizzlies, great horses wild and tame.

I’ve seen massive progress ended by greedy fools

Or by those who need control and impose silly rules

And others stopping growth by thinking with their heart

When simple logic tells ‘em the horse is behind the cart.

 

We all get our little chance but others need a turn

The younger need some room to grow to build to learn

When I’ve done my time, my life here is thru

I don’t want my final vision to be only gloom and fools.

I’ll be free of all that as will the mule and mare

We’ve trod the greatest land, together scenery shared

 

It all makes my former life shallow and pale

And now where I travel nothing is ever stale

I’ve had my days of wealth measured in dollars and cents

With days, weeks and years surrounded by wall and fence

But now I have much more, a far greater treasure

Surrounded by natures wonders, beauty that can’t be measured

 

 

Any measure of success may not be right for all

The test that has some rise up will make others fall

I hope the path I travel and the message that I preach

Will be heard and understood by people that I meet

No one has the right to say that my view is wrong

Nor do I have the right to condemn another’s song

 

But enjoy the journey and help your fellow man

Have a laugh and learn, and make a proper stand

For something you believe, give it a proper fight

And if you should lose and you know you might

Within your heart you’ll know you did your very best

And did what you thought right when put to the test.

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