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 Michael Saunders about their book!



Hold old were you when you first wrote something substantial?


My first writing was medical scientific papers when I was around 30. In my forties, I co-authored a textbook of medical neurology and wrote chapters in other textbooks. My recent book is my first attempt to write a book for the general reader



Did you ever have aspirations to become a writer?


Yes. From quite an early age but the pressure of work prevented it!



What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?


Do not be afraid to express your thoughts but accept constructive criticism



What advice would you give to an aspiring writer?


Persevere. Believe in yourself. Find someone who affirms what you are doing.



What did you find easiest and hardest about writing?


I knew what I wanted to write.  The hardest part was the editorial process and this means attempting to present the manuscript to the publisher in the best possible form to avoid massive corrections



Was it faster to write your book or to have it published?


Publishing was much faster!



What was your favourite part of your book to write?


My favourite chapter was my experience of living in India as my memories of the profound effect it had on my life are particularly vivid.



Do you have any plans to publish more work?


Yes. I have just submitted another book



If you could review Olympia Publishers in just a few words, what would they be?


Courteous staff. No long publishing delays. Professionally produced the end product.



Get yourself a copy of Michael's book, here!