Here at Olympia we love hearing from our authors, getting an insight into their lives in writing and asking them what their advice would be to future authors. This week we had the pleasure of interviewing Les Fields about his book.
Hold old were you when you first wrote something substantial?
I began writing descriptive pieces for the travel industry in my early twenties. Bringing detail to the various scuba diving locations was great training.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?
“Make a date with the page” from daughter Olivia. Find a consistent time to sit down and write. Stick to it with serious commitment.
What advice would you give to an aspiring writer?
Don’t be afraid to tell your story. Also, seek criticism and don’t be offended. Doing anything at a high level requires thick skin.
What did you find easiest and hardest about writing?
The easiest part was writing about the fun people had in the course of the story. There was lots of it. The most difficult challenge of my entire life was writing the chapter called “The French Connection”. Every writing session ended in tears.
Was it faster to write your book or to have it published?
Getting the book published was much faster than writing it. I had good luck. Only sent it to three publishers and one turned out to only do children’s books. Heard back from another after Olympia had already published. They said they were moving their offices and had lost my manuscript.
Do you have any plans to publish more work?
One of the more difficult choices I had to make was what adventures to leave out of the book. I am already outlining the next Derek Dell book.
If you could review Olympia Publishers in just a few words, what would theybe?
My experience with Olympia has been outstanding. Each department of the company has been professional and thorough. For an experienced or beginning author I strongly recommend Olympia Publishers.