Oliver Phipps, author of Diver Creed Station, stopped by for an interview.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Well, I'm an ex Army Paratrooper. A world traveler and a best selling author. I realize that may sound a bit boastful but you've not heard of my adventure in the Arctic Circle yet so do try to give me the benefit of doubt. My friends tell me I'm an alright guy anyway.
What do you do when you're not writing?
I enjoy traveling and playing the drums. Also riding my motorcycle and generally just spending time with my family.
When did your first start writing?
I wrote a story when I was ten years old. My mother is quite proud of it but I suspect she's just being a mother. Nevertheless it is the first story I know of for certain.
Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
I love J.R.R Tolkien's work. For the most part I love the classics and I have a broad interest in subject matter.
What inspired you to write this particular book?
I've actually put this book together over a number of years and don't recall the exact inspiration. I wish I could remember it though.
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
I suppose the favorite chapter is 'Getting out of Dodge.' It's just rough and rowdy.
What is best writing advice you can give?
Write to help others. Whether it's a self help book or just to make people smile. Always write to make the world a better place.
Is there anything else you'd like your readers to know about the book?
It's most likely as no other book you've read before. And the reviewers seem to love it. I'm quite fond of it I know.
About the book:
Wars, disease and a massive collapse of civilization have ravaged the human race of a hundred years in the future. Finally in the late twenty- second century, mankind slowly begins to struggle back from the edge of extinction.
When a huge “virtual life” facility is restored from a hibernation type of storage and slowly brought back online, a new hope materializes.
Fragments of humanity begin to move into the remnants of Denver and the Virtua-Gauge facilities, which offer seven days of virtual leisure for seven days work in this new and growing social structure.
Most inhabitants of this new lifestyle begin to hate the real world and work for the seven day period inside the virtual pods. It’s the variety of luxury role play inside the virtual zone that supply’s the incentive needed to work hard for seven days in the real world.
In this new social structure a man can work for seven days in a food dispersal unit and earn seven days as a twenty first century software billionaire in the virtual zone. As time goes by and more of the virtual pods are brought back online life appears to be getting better.
Rizette and her husband Oray are young technicians that settle into their still new marriage as the virtual facilities expand and thrive.
Oray has recently attained the level of a Class A Diver and enjoys his job. The Divers are skilled technicians that perform critical repairs to the complex system, from inside the virtual zone.
His title of Diver originates from often working in the secure "lower levels" of the system. These lower level areas are the dividing space between the real world and the world of the virtual zone. When the facility was built, the original designers of the virtual system intentionally placed this buffer zone in the programs to avoid threats from non-living virtual personnel.
As Oray becomes more experienced in his elite technical position as a Diver, he is approached by his virtual assistant and forced to make a difficult decision. Oray's decision triggers events that soon pull him and his wife Rizette into a deadly quest for survival.
The stage becomes a massive and complex maze of virtual world sequences as escape or entrapment hang on precious threads of information.
System ghosts from the distant past intermingle with mysterious factions that have thrown Oray and Rizette into a cyberspace trap with little hope for survival.
About the author:
Oliver served as a Paratrooper in the United States Army and studied at MSC. In the late 1980’s through mid 90’s Oliver perused his love of music. He enjoyed traveling, playing percussion and writing lyrics for popular bands. During this time Oliver also began writing short stories and articles.
After playing for thousands in the fall and winter of 1996 Oliver’s band abruptly disbanded. Oliver along with a good friend and guitarist got together to form a new band in early spring of 1997. However rather than form a new band the two put together an expedition plan to travel to Northern Canada and Alaska to prospect for gold.
Leaving in April of 1997 Oliver and company traveled up the historic AL-CAN highway. After exploring the Yukon and Northwest territories of Canada as well as the Arctic Circle the team traveled over the Top of the World highway to Alaska.
Traveling throughout Alaska, Oliver and his fellow travelers marveled at the beauty of this still rugged wilderness. As summer began to wane the team struggled with the decision to leave Alaska. However the thought of the extreme Alaskan winters motivated the explores to high tail it back to the lower forty eight just as the snows were breaking over the Brooks mountain range.
1999-2000 Oliver traveled through Asia. Oliver met and married the love of his life on the island of Java in Indonesia. After residing in Indonesia for some time, Oliver returned to the United States with his wife.
In 2004 Oliver published his first book and continues writing articles and stories under various pseudonyms. Currently Oliver and family reside happily in the U.S.