Author Showcase: William Kondylis Talks About Oliver Caine
By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: August 9, 2011
William Kondylis’ love for adventure and fantasy has inspired him to write an unforgettable and wildly original page-turner, Oliver Caine’s In Trouble Again.
Born and raised in Sydney Australia, William enjoys exploring the outdoors and discovering new magical places with his three children.
William is also a member of the Australian Society of Authors.
TCBR: You have been writing for as long as you can remember. When did you first realize that Oliver Caine’s in Trouble Again was the story you wanted to publish?
When my three children were younger, instead of reading various bedtime stories to them I would make up adventures using the same characters. I used to end the stories on a cliff hanger and then continue the adventure the next night. We all grew very fond of Oliver Caine and his exciting adventures—no one wanted the story to end. That’s when I made the decision to write the book.
10- to 15-year-olds, however, readers of all ages will relate to the three main characters. The story promises to entertain both young and old.
Would you describe it as a contemporary fantasy?
Yes, but the characters also unravel startling twists that have been etched in history.
The main character, Oliver Caine, is no stranger to trouble. What is it about his character that you think children connect with the most?
I think it’s Oliver’s free spirit and thirst for adventure that they connect to almost immediately.
Would you say that there is a learning experience hidden within the pages?
Yes. Through the exciting battles and hard-earned victories, the group slowly begins to change.
The Foreword Clarion Review says: “…the challenge for all three children is to find their inner strength and become what destiny has given them the chance to be.”
As a father of three, how much influence would you say your children have on your writing?
My children are an enormous influence on my writing. They’re my inspiration and my fountain of youth.
Which books from your own childhood have most influenced your life?
The one that influenced me the most was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. I would pretend that I could smell that delicious chocolate river—and if that didn’t work, I would ask my mother for a chocolate bar.
Can you give us any hints as to what you’re working on next?
More adventures for Oliver Caine. I hope to have the second book finished in 2012.
Best of luck to you, William!
Add this book to your collection: Oliver Caine’s In Trouble Again
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