Wednesday, November 18, 2015

AMONG THE STACKS: Werner Stejskal


The Gal in the Blue Mask:
Hi, Werner.  Welcome to The Gal.  I really appreciate you joining us here today.  I've had the pleasure of reading several of your children's stories and it's nice to be able to learn more about the man behind the books.
            Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Werner Stejskal:
Born in Vienna, Austria, I am now living in the paradise of Perth, Australia with my wife, two married children and three grandchildren.  I worked in the printing industry for many years and later for the United Nations in Vienna.  Now retired, after a full and eventful life, I began to write children's stories.  I found illustrators through Upwork, narrated them myself for YouTube, and finally took the next step by publishing ebooks. 

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What are five things that most people don't know about you?

Werner Stejskal:
I can't even tell you one thing.  As a story teller, I tell everybody everything about myself, too!

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What is the first book you remember reading?

Werner Stejskal:
Absolutely no idea.  I started reading in first class and never stopped.  I finished all books in the library for my age within one year.  I have read over 5,000 books by now and stopped counting a long time ago.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What are you reading now?

Werner Stejskal:
I am a third way through the mammoth task of reading Nora Roberts.  She is the most amazing author around.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What made you decide you want to write?  When did you begin writing?

Werner Stejskal:
Our daughter has a black cat.  I like cats.  This must have been an influence to the inspiration I was given one sleepless night after a West to East flight from Europe three years ago.  I suddenly had the idea of Oliver & Jumpy laid out before me and began writing the next morning.  I wrote 60 stories within two months.  The illustrations of all the stories will finalize this year.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
Do you have a special place you like to write?

Werner Stejskal:
I do everything with my iPad.  It used to be on my lap until I was made aware of the health issues.  Now I try to keep it as far away as possible.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
Do you have any quirks or processes that you go through when you write?

Werner Stejskal:
Using the iPad, my typing skills reduced to one finger.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
Where do the ideas for your books come from?

Werner Stejskal:
As mentioned before, the initial idea was given to me in a sleepless night.  Most of my story ideas came to me while swimming leisurely in the public pool.  I simply let my thoughts wander and grabbed hold of interesting story concepts.  It was helpful to go through all the common children's book scenarios as well.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What books have most inspired you?

Werner Stejskal:
Walt Disney for my series.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What inspires you the most?

Werner Stejskal:
Silliness, not without reason, is the country in my series called Sillandia. 

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

Werner Stejskal:
English.  It is not my mother tongue.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What do you think makes a good story?

Werner Stejskal:
Anything with a good laugh and stories kids can relate to and learn a lesson from.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
Tell us a little bit about your books, your target audience, and what you would like readers to take way from your story.

Werner Stejskal:
The elaborate illustrations would already interest very small children with their mom explaining the stories.  Early readers would benefit from the unusual language for picture books, while many adults like the quality of this sometimes controversial series.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you?

Werner Stejskal:
Oliver, of course!

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
Why did you pick your particular genre?

Werner Stejskal:
I like children's stories.  I am simply not good enough to write novels.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What have you learned creating this book?

Werner Stejskal:
I have learned such a lot about the whole ebook industry.  I am not only writing, but also producing the series.  In this way I have become familiar with employing illustrators, editors, reviewers, etc.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What makes your books different from others out there in this genre?

Werner Stejskal:
I started with the intention to create something very different to the usual kiddy books.  Oliver & Jumpy was high quality illustrations unlike so many picture books today.  I am using adult language, because I believe kids should not waste their time with being talked down to in little people lingo.  I also believe we underestimate small children.  Adult issues are readily understood if explained properly.  Some of the issues in my stories can be controversial, but most reviewers are fully supportive.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What is in your 'trunk'?  (Everyone has a book or project, which doesn't necessarily have to be book related, that they have put aside for a 'rainy day' or for when they have extra time.  Do you have one?)

Werner Stejskal:
I don't hide anything away, but certainly have projects for the distant future.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
What can we expect from you in the future?

Werner Stejskal:
The future will bring print-on-demand for all books.  And the final goal will be to develop a TV series of the 20 books and 60 stories.

The Gal in the Blue Mask:
Thanks for stopping by today, Werner. :)
            One more thing before you go: Where can we find you?

Werner Stejskal:
You can find a free introduction booklet
and also a free full-size book on Amazon.


About the author:
Born in Vienna, Austria, I am now living in the paradise of Perth, Australia with my wife, two married children and three grandchildren.  I worked many years in the printing industry and later for the United Nations in Vienna.  My wife had been a pen-friend, whom I visited in Hong Kong and finally got married to.  After an eventful life, finally retired, I began to write children's stories, had them illustrated through Odesk, narrated them myself for YouTube and finally published the ebooks on most platforms.  I will publish 17 books with three stories each in English, before translating into several other languages.  My dream is to see "Oliver & Jumpy" animated as a TV series.

About the books:

These illustrated cat stories are all about Oliver & Jumpy, who are best of friends and experience many adventures together.  Oliver is an elegant black tomcat, who is full of himself.  As a matter of fact, he says: "I love myself!" quite often.  Naughty, isn't he?  But his best friend Jumpy, a kangaroo lady, is aware that it is only a front!  Oliver has a soft heart and will always want to help others.  The great thing is Jumpy's pouch, which Oliver loves to ride in!  He calls her his kangaroo taxi!  These little bedtime stories with their lovely illustrations are great for small kids.  A parent can read the text and tell the child in his own words.  These animal stories have sufficient text to keep early readers happy and provide some educational value.  Depending on your device, there is pop-up text (at Amazon) or audio available.  Several talented illustrators are essential to bring these children's stories to you in quick succession.  Love you all!  Meow!

1: Molly the Mole - Oliver has an accident and makes a friend.
2: Saving Ducky - Jumpy saves a duckling from the eagle.
3: Jumpy's Secret - Oliver gets a big surprise.

These illustrated cat stories are all about Oliver & Jumpy, who are best of friends and experience many adventures together.  Oliver is an elegant black tomcat, who is full of himself.  As a matter of fact, he says: "I love myself!" quite often.  Naughty, isn't he?  But his best friend Jumpy, a kangaroo lady, is aware that it is only a front!  Oliver has a soft heart and will always want to help others.  The great thing is Jumpy's pouch, which Oliver loves to ride in!  He calls her his kangaroo taxi!  These little bedtime stories with their lovely illustrations are great for small kids.  A parent can read the text and tell the child in his own words.  These animal stories have sufficient text to keep early readers happy and provide some educational value.  Depending on your device, there is pop-up text (at Amazon) or audio available.  Several talented illustrators are essential to bring these children's stories to you in quick succession.  Love you all!  Meow!

4: Monkey Island - Joey is being kidnapped.
5: Fairy Castle - The fairy queen invites our friends.
6: Treasure Hunt - A secret treasure map is inviting to a memorable hike.

These illustrated cat stories are all about Oliver & Jumpy, who are best of friends and experience many adventures together.  Oliver is an elegant black tomcat, who is full of himself.  As a matter of fact, he says: "I love myself!" quite often.  Naughty, isn't he?  But his best friend Jumpy, a kangaroo lady, is aware that it is only a front!  Oliver has a soft heart and will always want to help others.  The great thing is Jumpy's pouch, which Oliver loves to ride in!  He calls her his kangaroo taxi!  These little bedtime stories with their lovely illustrations are great for small kids.  A parent can read the text and tell the child in his own words.  These animal stories have sufficient text to keep early readers happy and provide some educational value.  Depending on your device, there is pop-up text (at Amazon) or audio available.  Several talented illustrators are essential to bring these children's stories to you in quick succession.  Love you all!  Meow!

7: Winterland - Fun in the snow...
8: Baby Oliver - Yes, Oliver has been a baby, too!
9: Egging - Watch what hatches from a big egg.

These illustrated cat stories are all about Oliver & Jumpy, who are best of friends and experience many adventures together.  Oliver is an elegant black tomcat, who is full of himself.  As a matter of fact, he says: "I love myself!" quite often.  Naughty, isn't he?  But his best friend Jumpy, a kangaroo lady, is aware that it is only a front!  Oliver has a soft heart and will always want to help others.  The great thing is Jumpy's pouch, which Oliver loves to ride in!  He calls her his kangaroo taxi!  These little bedtime stories with their lovely illustrations are great for small kids.  A parent can read the text and tell the child in his own words.  These animal stories have sufficient text to keep early readers happy and provide some educational value.  Depending on your device, there is pop-up text (at Amazon) or audio available.  Several talented illustrators are essential to bring these children's stories to you in quick succession.  Love you all!  Meow!

10: Unhappy Dog - The friends make a dog very happy.
11: Kite High - Do you like to fly high in the air?
12: Butterfly Trouble - Jumpy frees many butterflies.

These illustrated cat stories are all about Oliver & Jumpy, who are best of friends and experience many adventures together.  Oliver is an elegant black tomcat, who is full of himself.  As a matter of fact, he says: "I love myself!" quite often.  Naughty, isn't he?  But his best friend Jumpy, a kangaroo lady, is aware that it is only a front!  Oliver has a soft heart and will always want to help others.  The great thing is Jumpy's pouch, which Oliver loves to ride in!  He calls her his kangaroo taxi!  These little bedtime stories with their lovely illustrations are great for small kids.  A parent can read the text and tell the child in his own words.  These animal stories have sufficient text to keep early readers happy and provide some educational value.  Depending on your device, there is pop-up text (at Amazon) or audio available.  Several talented illustrators are essential to bring these children's stories to you in quick succession.  Love you all!  Meow!

13: Baby Sitting - Oliver has problems with babysitting.
14: Good Deed Day - Oliver helps a fellow cat to become happy again.
15: Magic - Our team is getting magic lessons.

These illustrated cat stories are all about Oliver & Jumpy, who are best of friends and experience many adventures together.  Oliver is an elegant black tomcat, who is full of himself.  As a matter of fact, he says: "I love myself!" quite often.  Naughty, isn't he?  But his best friend Jumpy, a kangaroo lady, is aware that it is only a front!  Oliver has a soft heart and will always want to help others.  The great thing is Jumpy's pouch, which Oliver loves to ride in!  He calls her his kangaroo taxi!  These little bedtime stories with their lovely illustrations are great for small kids.  A parent can read the text and tell the child in his own words.  These animal stories have sufficient text to keep early readers happy and provide some educational value.  Depending on your device, there is pop-up text (at Amazon) or audio available.  Several talented illustrators are essential to bring these children's stories to you in quick succession.  Love you all!  Meow!

16: Who Am I? - Oliver loses his memory.
17: Up the Tree - Oliver explores a tall tree and meets many animals there.
18: Moon Crystal - Oliver and Jumpy are flying to the moon.

These illustrated cat stories are all about Oliver & Jumpy, who are best of friends and experience many adventures together.  Oliver is an elegant black tomcat, who is full of himself.  As a matter of fact, he says: "I love myself!" quite often.  Naughty, isn't he?  But his best friend Jumpy, a kangaroo lady, is aware that it is only a front!  Oliver has a soft heart and will always want to help others.  The great thing is Jumpy's pouch, which Oliver loves to ride in!  He calls her his kangaroo taxi!  These little bedtime stories with their lovely illustrations are great for small kids.  A parent can read the text and tell the child in his own words.  These animal stories have sufficient text to keep early readers happy and provide some educational value.  Depending on your device, there is pop-up text (at Amazon) or audio available.  Several talented illustrators are essential to bring these children's stories to you in quick succession.  Love you all!  Meow!

19: Santa's Chocolate Factory - Naughty Joey is getting into mischief. 
20: Thriller - One of Oliver's friends is taking part in a singing contest.
21: April Volcano - April Fools' Day can be no joke.

These illustrated cat stories are all about Oliver & Jumpy, who are best of friends and experience many adventures together.  Oliver is an elegant black tomcat, who is full of himself.  As a matter of fact, he says: "I love myself!" quite often.  Naughty, isn't he?  But his best friend Jumpy, a kangaroo lady, is aware that it is only a front!  Oliver has a soft heart and will always want to help others.  The great thing is Jumpy's pouch, which Oliver loves to ride in!  He calls her his kangaroo taxi!  These little bedtime stories with their lovely illustrations are great for small kids.  A parent can read the text and tell the child in his own words.  These animal stories have sufficient text to keep early readers happy and provide some educational value.  Depending on your device, there is pop-up text (at Amazon) or audio available.  Several talented illustrators are essential to bring these children's stories to you in quick succession.  Love you all!  Meow!

22: The Incredible Train Journey - The three friends are having a very adventurous train journey.
23: Hiccup - Do you ever suffer of hiccups?
24: Fishing - Oliver goes fishing with Joey.

These illustrated cat stories are all about Oliver & Jumpy, who are best of friends and experience many adventures together.  Oliver is an elegant black tomcat, who is full of himself.  As a matter of fact, he says: "I love myself!" quite often.  Naughty, isn't he?  But his best friend Jumpy, a kangaroo lady, is aware that it is only a front!  Oliver has a soft heart and will always want to help others.  The great thing is Jumpy's pouch, which Oliver loves to ride in!  He calls her his kangaroo taxi!  These little bedtime stories with their lovely illustrations are great for small kids.  A parent can read the text and tell the child in his own words.  These animal stories have sufficient text to keep early readers happy and provide some educational value.  Depending on your device, there is pop-up text (at Amazon) or audio available.  Several talented illustrators are essential to bring these children's stories to you in quick succession.  Love you all!  Meow!

25: Olly the Owl - Olly is a very wise owl and helps Oliver to find his lost ring.
26: Desert Travel - Oliver's sister has new kittens, and he has to travel through the desert to see her.
27: Ghosts at Halloween - Oliver plays cards with ghosts.

These illustrated cat stories are all about Oliver & Jumpy, who are best of friends and experience many adventures together.  Oliver is an elegant black tomcat, who is full of himself.  As a matter of fact, he says: "I love myself!" quite often.  Naughty, isn't he?  But his best friend Jumpy, a kangaroo lady, is aware that it is only a front!  Oliver has a soft heart and will always want to help others.  The great thing is Jumpy's pouch, which Oliver loves to ride in!  He calls her his kangaroo taxi!  These little bedtime stories with their lovely illustrations are great for small kids.  A parent can read the text and tell the child in his own words.  These animal stories have sufficient text to keep early readers happy and provide some educational value.  Depending on your device, there is pop-up text (at Amazon) or audio available.  Several talented illustrators are essential to bring these children's stories to you in quick succession.  Love you all!  Meow!

28: Letter in a Bottle - Joey wants to free a prisoner.
29: Oliver Meeting Jumpy - This is how Oliver first met Jumpy!
30: Enchanted Forest - Oliver and friends are fighting the witch.

These illustrated cat stories are all about Oliver & Jumpy, who are best of friends and experience many adventures together.  Oliver is an elegant black tomcat, who is full of himself.  As a matter of fact, he says: "I love myself!" quite often.  Naughty, isn't he?  But his best friend Jumpy, a kangaroo lady, is aware that it is only a front!  Oliver has a soft heart and will always want to help others.  The great thing is Jumpy's pouch, which Oliver loves to ride in!  He calls her his kangaroo taxi!  These little bedtime stories with their lovely illustrations are great for small kids.  A parent can read the text and tell the child in his own words.  These animal stories have sufficient text to keep early readers happy and provide some educational value.  Depending on your device, there is pop-up text (at Amazon) or audio available.  Several talented illustrators are essential to bring these children's stories to you in quick succession.  Love you all!  Meow!

31: Crockery Party - Crockery and Cutlery cooks for Oliver.
32: Shark Frenzy - Oliver is almost getting eaten by a shark.
33: Small World - How fascinating can be the tiny world.

These illustrated cat stories are all about Oliver & Jumpy, who are best of friends and experience many adventures together.  Oliver is an elegant black tomcat, who is full of himself.  As a matter of fact, he says: "I love myself!" quite often.  Naughty, isn't he?  But his best friend Jumpy, a kangaroo lady, is aware that it is only a front!  Oliver has a soft heart and will always want to help others.  The great thing is Jumpy's pouch, which Oliver loves to ride in!  He calls her his kangaroo taxi!  These little bedtime stories with their lovely illustrations are great for small kids.  A parent can read the text and tell the child in his own words.  These animal stories have sufficient text to keep early readers happy and provide some educational value.  Depending on your device, there is pop-up text (at Amazon) or audio available.  Several talented illustrators are essential to bring these children's stories to you in quick succession.  Love you all!  Meow!

34: How I Found My Top Hat - Oliver did not always have a top hat!
35: Oliver in the Circus - Oliver performs in the Circus.
36: Ship Wreck - Oliver and Jumpy are diving to a wreck.

These illustrated cat stories are all about Oliver & Jumpy, who are best of friends and experience many adventures together.  Oliver is an elegant black tomcat, who is full of himself.  As a matter of fact, he says: "I love myself!" quite often.  Naughty, isn't he?  But his best friend Jumpy, a kangaroo lady, is aware that it is only a front!  Oliver has a soft heart and will always want to help others.  The great thing is Jumpy's pouch, which Oliver loves to ride in!  He calls her his kangaroo taxi!  These little bedtime stories with their lovely illustrations are great for small kids.  A parent can read the text and tell the child in his own words.  These animal stories have sufficient text to keep early readers happy and provide some educational value.  Depending on your device, there is pop-up text (at Amazon) or audio available.  Several talented illustrators are essential to bring these children's stories to you in quick succession.  Love you all!  Meow!

37: Rescue in a Picture - What a way to travel!  Check this out!
38: Wet Cat - Oliver has a wet accident.
39: Down River - Dangerous boating on a wild river!

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