Today’s author spotlight is Werner Stejskal author of the Oliver and Jumpy series. You can find out more about the books here: http://www.bedtimestory4you.com/
A little background
In 2012, while coming back from Europe, Werner watched a movie on board the plane starring Morgan Freeman: The Magic of Belle Isle. In this lovely little film Freeman is playing a down and out drunk writer, who spends time in a holiday village. In the neighboring house lives a lady with three kids. The younger girl would like to learn how to write stories. She asks the writer to teach her and finally writes her first story after learning to have “imagination”!
This movie left a big impression on Werner, and when arriving home, all worn out from a West to East flight, he had a sleepless night. During those hours “Oliver and Jumpy” was inspired and born. Next morning he wrote the first adventure story and the rest is history. With the all important help of several illustrators, this series of animal stories is finally providing enjoyment to countless little people.
If you’d like to read more of Werner’s (very interesting and somewhat unusual) story, you can do so here author bio
Who is the protagonist?
Oliver, the elegant tomcat, is a know-it-all individual, who thinks he is the best, but is always helpful to others.
What would you say is the protagonist’s greatest weakness or obstacle and why?
Oliver does not like to get wet, but generally does not have any obstacles.
What would you say is the main antagonist’s greatest strength?
There is no common antagonist in this series. There are occasionally witches, magicians and giants.
What inspired you to write your book?
There are lots of fairy tales and bedtime stories around and many of them are quite violent and unsuitable for young children. This made me decide to write something different. On a flight from Europe to Australia I watched the movie ‘Magic on Belle Island’ with Morgan Freeman, where Freeman teaches a little girl to have imagination and write her first story. This inspired me as well and the first stories with the two main characters Oliver, the elegant tomcat, and Jumpy, his kangaroo lady friend, made their appearance. It was my full intention to create something quite different and maybe even controversial at times. I prefer to treat children like adults within reason.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Produce a good product and persevere with promotion. Nobody will do it as well as yourself!
Do you like cats? Yes? I am glad, because I am a black cat with a white top hat. I have a few white spots on my fur too. Mum is white, you see! My name is Oliver. I am a very elegant tomcat with the shiniest coat in the world. I brush my fur every morning and always keep my nails trimmed! Of course, my hat is really refined too, which is another word for elegant.
Whenever you put on your new clothes, you can announce to everybody, “I am refined!” And everybody will think you are an elegant person. Well, enough of all that talk about me, although I can never talk too much about myself. I really think I am a cool cat. I love myself! Do you think this is naughty? You are probably right, but I can’t help it.
My best friend’s name is Jumpy. You guessed it. She likes to jump a lot, because she is a kangaroo! She is a great girl and she lets me ride in her pouch! I get in and Jumpy jumps away and away! That’s a lot of fun. I bet you would like to ride in her pouch too, wouldn’t you? You are probably a bit too big. I am quite small, so it is OK. I love it, but after a while I need to rest. All that up and down makes me dizzy. It’s a bit like being on a roller coaster.
Thank you to Werner for dropping by. This sounds a fun series.