Interview with Oyvind Jonas Jellestad   Leave a comment

Today’s interview is with Øyvind Jonas Jellestad.

This article will include a book cover that features a nude model. I don’t run nudes on my blog as a rule. I’ve maintained PG standards for the most part. I don’t do interviews with authors who feature sexual exploitation in their books. The reason I am making an exception here is that I don’t believe Oyvind means the photograph as sexual exploitation of women and I also recognize that his culture has different standards than mine. This does not mean I am generally relaxing the standards of my blog. I have the skills to conceal the model’s breasts, but I decided that was a rude thing to do to someone else’s book cover, so if you’re easily offended, you might want to stop reading right now, but you probably don’t need to worry about future blog posts because nudity is not going to become a “thing” for me. I just generally think sex and nudity belong in private, but I am making an exception because this book is an ode to an artist’s model and artist’s models often appear in the nude. Exceptions do not become the rule.

Welcome to the blog, Oyvind. Tell us something about yourself. 

Oyvind Author PicI am born in Bergen, Norway in 1953, but I have lived in several of the largest cities in Norway, mostly on the west coast of Norway.  It rains a lot but it is a good place to live.
Norway is maybe one of the most expensive countries to live in, so many wonder how I can live so well even if I am retired. I got injured during work as a lithographic printer and as well as an industrial painter. Because of that, I have a good pension. A pension which gives me the opportunity to do whatever I want, such as becoming an Indie publisher at age of 64.



I always love interviewing authors from other cultures besides America and the UK because it gives my readers … and myself … a different perspective on the world. My grandfather was born in Stockholm, Sweden, and I am in contact with cousins there, but I haven’t been able to afford a trip there … yet. At what point did you know you wanted to be a writer? 

Already as a child I liked to write and as a teenager I wrote a novel. Luckily I got refused!



We’re all lucky that our first novels are collecting dust somewhere dark and forgotten. Tell us about your writing process.

I always start with the pictures, when they are ready I write the text.



What is your favorite genre … to read … to write?




What are you passionate about?

Cooking. That’s my favourite (and my wife is lucky, she hasn’t been cooking for over 16 years).

My next big project is a real old fashion cook book. I already write a food blog but I like to write a really thick cook book!

Politics is one passion which I have had since I was very, very young. I am not active in politics anymore but still have very strong beliefs.



I would like to discuss that with you sometime because I am a nonpartisan who is passionate about political philosophy. What is something you cannot live without?

Love, music, reading and cooking!



When you are not writing, what do you do?

I am reading.


Do you have a special place where you write?

Yes, I have occupied our spare bedroom and use it as my office. When I write about food though I like to sit in the kitchen.
Since most of my writing incorporates photographs I am very dependent on my computers. When it comes to serious photography I cannot rely on laptops.



Do you find yourself returning to any recurring themes within your writing and, if so, are you any closer to finding an answer?






I’m going to drop you in a remote Alaska cabin for a month. It’s summer so you don’t have worry about freezing to death …. although being from Norway, you probably could handle it. I’ll supply the food and the mosquito spray. What do you do while you’re there and what do you bring with you? If you’re bringing books, what are they?

I would bring books written by Erich Maria Remarque and Haruki Murakami.


All’s Quiet on the Western Front? Stunning novel. I’m familiar with Murakami but admit I’m not a fan. 

They have both written a lot of outstanding novels, but “Arch of Triumph” by Erich Maria Remarque changed my life in many ways.

The same goes for “Dance, dance, dance” by Haruki Murakami.

I don’t know how many times I have read them but I still find new aspects in both of them …



I’ll have to give Murakami another chance. Tell me about your books. Was it your intention to write a story with a message or a moral?

Scanned from film negativeMy first book When the Crowd Cries was made as a tribute to one of my models AnneGrethe Fuller, who died all too young. Yes, the book has a message when it comes to morality.



What do you want readers to think or feel after reading one of your books?




What influenced your decision to self-publish?

As a young boy “I grew up” in a printer and a publishing company. I always wanted to run my own. Caused by the computers and internet it is possible to do that today.


There are people believe that traditional publishing is on the ropes, that self-publishing is the future. Do you agree? Why?

I honestly don’t know.



That is one of the more honest answers I’ve gotten from the question. What do you find to be the greatest advantage of self-publishng?

That I can publish whatever I want.


With the number of self-published books increasing by such a huge rate, it is really difficult for authors to make their books stand out. How do you go about this?

Honestly? I don’t care!


I like that. I’m sort of the same mind. I write for myself and I love the idea that I can put it out there for others to read, but I’m not interested in conforming to some standard other than my own. Who designed your book cover/s?

I do it myself.


 Where can readers find you and your books?

Amazon Author Page





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