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Meeting Werner Stejskal, author of Oliver and Jumpy

Werner Stejskal is the author of the children’s series “Oliver and Jumpy” for small to primary school aged children. The Oliver stories started out with YouTube clips and are now available as picture books as well. Werner’s involvement in “Oliver and Jumpy” is only the latest project in a very interesting life. Born in Austria he now lives in Australia with his wife Cynthia.

The Werner Stejskal Interview

What is one thing that no-one would usually know about you? 

I bought a manual sewing machine when I was about 12 years old and sewed dresses for a doll my mom bought when she was pregnant, thinking she might have a girl, but it turned out to be my younger brother. Therefore nobody claimed the doll and I had the perfect mannequin for my creative endeavours.

What did the best review you ever had say about you and your work?

Author Peter Frederick reviews my series.

“Here are books created by Werner Stejskal, an author who has a wonderful sense of adaptability into the world of a child. Movements, sentiments, expressions and ideas are being visualised, that enthral and win over the little reader. Plus, his terminology is perfectly matched to the mood of each self-contained story. The author also displays amazing sensitivity and is able to transport even adults back into long-past childhood. All good virtues are being emphasized, like friendship, loyalty, determination and civility, giving the fascinated reader the right signals for spiritual development. The main characters, Oliver and Jumpy, are the masters of a variety of situations that draw the reader into the stories. But one of the main reasons for the success of these children’s books is the artwork! The graphics, outstandingly created by the artist, have their hues and shapes completely adapted to the respective situation and so contribute to the emotional absorption of each picture. Text and message. sombre feelings and cheery situations are being created and masterly entertain the little readers. One can only recommend this series of children’s books to all adults who wish to keep their little ones occupied in a positive, entertaining and learning environment!”

Have you ever wished that you could be or do anything else instead of writing, and if so what?

I have been doing a variety of things in my life. This series is just the latest project. But I guess I would have loved to be a benevolent dictator.

Have you ever written naked?

Well, it gets pretty hot in Perth in summer and I would have been scantily clad at times.

Who would you like to play you in a film of your life?

Arnie Schwarzenegger. I may not have the body, but I have the same accent!

Do you have any hints or tips for aspiring writers?

Keep writing. Never stop. But start thinking about promoting your work as early as possible.

What has been the best experience you have ever had in your life?

Seeing the high school picture of my future wife in a penpal magazine.

Have you had to learn new skills and tricks?

Definitely. I learning new skills about promotion, publishing, creating my books etc.

What is the book that you wished you had written?

Gone with the Wind. I just love the book and always did identify with Scarlett O’Hara.

Do you have any favourite resources you would like to share with our readers?

LinkedIn Groups are invaluable to learn everything you need in this business.

If you could commit the perfect murder where would you hide the body?

Never hide a body. It keeps reappearing. A furnace is ideal to make it disappear.



You can find Oliver and Jumpy in Kindle format here:

You can also catch up with Werner on his website and Facebook.



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