Meeting MJ Oliver – Hysteria 2015 poetry category finalist

M J Oliver

Today it’s the turn of MJ Oliver to join me on the Thursday Throng.  MJ has had twenty-three poems either successfully placed in compositions, or published in anthologies. 

M J OliverThe MJ Oliver Interview

What is one thing that no-one would usually know about you?

I can’t really tell you that, it would be too embarrassing, although it’s also very funny.

Are there any occupational hazards to being an author?

It requires such concentration and commitment of everything possess, I find I don’t speak for day, or weeks, or years and my voice box seizes up.

Do you have any hints or tips for aspiring writers?


How do you remain sane while working?

Writing keeps me sane!

Where do you find your inspiration?

At the moment it’s wild-life; leopardesses, giraffes, jelly-fish, elephants, snakes … what a lot they have to say to us.

What was the most important thing you learned at school?

Reading and writing have been very useful.

What is the book that you wished you had written?

Butchers’ Crossing, by John Williams, it’s perfect.

What is your favourite TV moment of all time?

Not TV, but on R4’s Today Programme, ‘Is that you Maureen?’ takes some beating.

If you could commit the perfect murder where would you hide the body?

I suppose it would have to be a disused Cornish mine but I don’t know how I’d get it there.



You can find MJ Oliver in the Hysteria 4 anthology which supports the Hysterectomy Association.

Hysteria 4 is the anthology of winning stories,poetry and flash fiction from the 2015 Hysteria Writing Competition.

You can also meet MJ Oliver on LinkedIn.



These posts are called The Thursday Throng in honour of the throng that waits eagerly outside the book store when a new author is doing a book signing event or appearance. On this website it takes the form of a ‘Meet the Author‘ online event with some information about our author’s latest book and an interview. If you would like to take part in the Thursday Throng then why not visit Thursday Throng Author Interview Guidelines to find out more.

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