Mike Olley made music videos but gave it all up to live next to a Spanish castle where he grew cactuses, practised carpentry and wrote strange funny stories. A quirk of fate brought him to the English seaside where he continues to write. Published in several anthologies, his own collection of short stories is entitled Better.
mike olley in 60 seconds
When did you start writing?1992 Angel, Islington, London N1
What do you love about Short Stories?They are the seven-inch single of the writing world.
Do you write in other forms?Flash fiction, Episodic flash fiction.
What distracts you from writing?Bad music.
Outside of writing, what are your other passions?Watching music documentaries despite knowing their outcome.
What is your favourite book?Catch 22
Who are your favourite writers?Kurt Vonnegut, Philip K Dick and Scarlett Thomas
Where is your dream location?If I went there it would no longer be a dream.
What one item would you put into Room 101?The only key to Room 101 – what a locked-room mystery that would be.
Do you have any advice for new writers?Once you start, don't stop; always edit and proofread; finish things - and try and keep it in that order.
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