About the Book:
The Civil War is over. But for Sergeant James Taft, there seems to be no end in sight. He had seldom considered what he would do after the war, because he never believed he would live through it.
James briefly returns to Pennsylvania in an unsuccessful attempt to work as a farmer. He then sets out to find peace and somehow vanquish the ghosts in his soul. What he can’t possibly foresee, as he rides west, is the epic story of tragedy, triumph and finding oneself.
“It’s unfortunate, but true, that darkness must often be complete before we notice the subtle glimmer of hope.” – Doc Jefferies, Ever the Wayward Sky.
About the Author:
Oliver served as a Paratrooper in the United States Army and studied at MSC. In the late 1980s through mid 90s 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, visiting Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia and other countries. 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.
Can you tell us more about your book What is it about?
Ever the Wayward Sky is about a soldier by the name of James Taft who survives the Civil War only to realize he can’t put the ghosts and horrors of the war to rest. He tries to go home and work on the family land, but he’s restless and troubled about his feelings of the war.
Eventually, James decides he must move or he’ll become sick. He sets off towards the West and this turns out to be the beginning of an epic tale.
Who do you think would be interested in this book, is it directed at any particular market?
I believe those who enjoy historical fiction will certainly like the story. It also has military elements. The tale actually encompasses many area’s and cultures. For example, one element of the story includes a Japanese Shogun and a battle involving Samurai. I’ll not divulge too much more, but there is a lot of traveling and adventure in this book.
Out of all the books in the world, and all the authors to choose from, which book and author would you suggest to be your favourite and why?
I suppose one of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings stories. The trilogy itself would rank as a favorite for sure.
The reason would be for the entertainment value combined with the grand stage it’s set upon. As a writer I respect the large scale and epic tale these books represent. It’s impressive to write an entertaining story, but to also write a massive and intricate tale, well that’s extremely impressive.
What guidance would you offer to someone new to the writing work, or who was trying to enhance their craft or business?
The advice I give in these situations is to find a higher ground to write from. By that I mean, if you’re simply writing to make a lot of money, you’re not likely to find true inspiration.
I love to entertain and to feel that I’ve put some smiles on faces, or taken them on an interesting adventure. To me, this has become the definition of success. And, as I’ve endeavored to do this, I’ve earned enough money to continue with my writing.
Where can our readers find out more about you, do you have a website, or a way to be contacted?
My Amazon author page contains a bio and picture. My website has a few additional photos and perhaps a longer bio. It is www.oliverphipps.com
I also have a Facebook page that I’ve unfortunately neglected recently as I’ve been trying to get this novel out. Hopefully, I can now get back to updating it.