Interview with Hallett German

What do you look for in writing?
An interesting challenge taking on a topic or perspective that I haven't done before. This is more true of short stories because they start with a blank page. But I've the same experience with Ghosts vs. Robots!, Saving Eddie, and Killing Thoreau.

For the three series, the boundaries are more set so it is more a question of where can I take my characters that will challenge them. As they grow and experience various aspects of life, hopefully so does the reader.
What do your fans mean to you?
A source of much appreciation and inspiration! Thank you for all your support and evangelizing my work! I hope you enjoy the present and future efforts! I try to give all a fun and interesting read.
What are you working on next?
Updated 7/8/2015
Olivia Plymouth Books 4 is nearly done

To do
Amazi Stories Book 2
Book A
Olivia Book #5 (prequel)
Transitions 2
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
A chance to make the world a better place through my thoughts, words, and actions. That's better than any video game!
How do you approach cover design?
I am fortunate to have a great illustrator in my daughter Alessandra. I discuss my vision and then she comes up something that is amazing. It is a lot of fun for both of us. She is available for hire for interested authors.
Describe the challenges of each series
Updated 7/8/2015
Olivia Plymouth is the oldest series and most popular. It was always meant to be a four book arc. The challenge is after writing something is evaluating would Olivia really do that. The Boston Wedding took forever to release because there were far too many side plots and historical descriptions. It has a lot of humor, fashion, a mystery/adventure, and traveling. But in the end it is always about relationships and a sense of home. The last two books are quite different and focus more on Olivia's growth as a person. The ideas sat on the digital shelf for ten years!!

Amazi Series is the first one that I released. It takes some effort to be historically accurate and provide an alternative history on what could be invented at the time. The turn of the century was a time of growth and opportunity for the United States. I tried to capture some of the excitement and wonder of that time.

Corporate Intent Series popped out of nowhere and now has four books and a story. To me it is a Business Dysfunctional Corporate Mystery Sci-Fi Thriller with a nod to female readers! The area of Business and IT fiction that I like to see evolve. For Corporate Intent, there are no rules in the universe. Anything can happen. In each book, the DCRI staff are pushed far beyond their limits. The Finale , Book #4 Missing Syndicate lives up to the potential of the series. It is the first series that I have completed.

The Non-Series books allows taking on other topics such as IT, business, science, and historical fiction.
How many books do you have planned?
Updated 7/8/2015

Olivia Book 5 prequel, Amazi Chronicle finale, Transitions 2, and Book A
Why do you write in so many genres?
To stay fresh, challenge myself and have fun. I would like to see more IT and Business fiction out there.
Tell me more on Project Z? (Saving Eddie)
There is unique historical paranormal fiction about a famous American figure -- Edgar Allan Poe. I wanted to tell his life through the eyes of his real-life brother (of which little is known) and a female admirer that follows him mostly from afar. There is a paranormal aspect on why Poe has the outlook that he does and a different explanation on what happened. It is now available for reading.
Would the three books in the In Small Doses series ever be published as one book?
Updated 7/8/2015
I am considering this
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The ability to start with a blank digital page and create a world or situation that I never could originally envision.
Published 2015-07-08.
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Books by This Author

Simply Business/IT
Series: In Small Doses (Short Story Collections). Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,850. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Technological
This is a unique and imaginative offering of 16 Business and IT stories. This includes works from In Small Doses 1-3 as well as two new stories. * Severity 1 Bride (From In Small Doses #3) — IT Guys and Gals come with baggage from a dating perspective. Find out why. * The Stale Hotel (New!) This hotel will not stop at nothing until each customer gives them a perfect store
Transitions 2
Series: Free Short Stories. Pre-release—available June 1, 2016. Price: $2.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Stress Management, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Buddhism
Every day we face moments of imbalance due to our thoughts and feelings, These Mahayana Buddhist-inspired stories show how we can return to calm and peace to counter our stress-free lives. These include stories based on Dogen's, Milarepa's and Bodhidharma's and how they apply to everyday living.
Encounter at Tokaido Road (Olivia Plymouth Series)
Series: Olivia Plymouth. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,330. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
The final Olivia Plymouth Book brings the popular series to a long-waited conclusion. The fashion consultant and sleuth leaves her job to go after the "fashion freedom organization" (FIT - Fashion is Terror). Along the way she has made unique adventures against the beauty and wonders of Japan. Will the shaman's prediction turn true or is destiny taking her down a different road?
Series: Free Short Stories. Price: Free! Words: 4,430. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Religious
Each day we find ourselves in a state of imbalance in a world of impermanence, These new traditional Buddhist-inspired stories talk about various ways to right ourselves when there is no ground under us.
The Year Fashion Changed (Olivia Plymouth Series #3)
Series: Olivia Plymouth, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 41,200. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Chick Lit, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Olivia's life turns upside down as the fashion world returns to basics. She deals with ghosts in an overnight stay in a famous haunted house, mysterious flights, a Malaysian psychic, and life in Paris as she tries to find her way in a topsy-turvy world. This includes a reunion with the "fashion freedom organization" FIT. Will she be able to keep up with all of the changes and activities?
Saving Eddie
Series: One Of Books · Historical Fiction. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 32,540. Language: American English. Published: August 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
This is a fictionalized paranormal retelling of celebrated author Edgar Allan Poe's life using imaginary journals/diaries of his real-life brother, Henry Poe and a female admirer that follows his activities mostly from afar. Can Edgar's ghostly brother use his one chance to save his brother's life? Or will the author's otherworldly gifts to see heaven, hell, and the world of Ideals be his undoing?
Missing Syndicate?: Corporate Intent Series
Series: Corporate Intent, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,710. Language: American English. Published: July 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
The series finale is a thrilling ride into a dystopian universe where businesses rule. It starts with DCRI accused of removing a Syndicate. While in hiding, DCRI must prove their innocence. Along the way, the reader meets many of the universe's players and old acquaintances reappear. Will the DCRI team be able to fight everyone and set things right? Read on to learn the exciting answer!
In Small Doses 3 (A Short Story Collection)
Series: In Small Doses (Short Story Collections), Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,120. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Literature » Visionary & metaphysical
From the author of the Olivia Plymouth and Corporate Intent Series, the author's third short story collection. These twenty stories are the most wide-ranging and creative to date. Topics include the paranormal, business and IT, technology, sociology priests, bugs, airports, education, ninjas, the brain and more. An interesting and unique read.
Musings (A Non-Fiction Collection)
Series: One Of Books. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,210. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Inspirational
An incomplete short Zen-flavored work on finding inner peace at work, mindfulness on the road, and being a change agent. The included books are presented as a unified body of work for the first time. This approachable work offers many practical insights on having a better day and dealing with our lives. It is hoped that these ideas positively impact your life as well.
Why I Document
Series: Free Short Stories, Book 4. Price: Free! Words: 1,070. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Fiction » Literature » Coming of age
These two short stories are a thank you gift to the readers that support the author: This includes: * Why I Document -- A reader wants to know why a particular prolific author is so keen on getting out technical documents. He meets the author and learns about their motivation. * First Concert -- A chance encounter of two souls results in an impromptu musical outpouring of songs from the heart.
Killing Thoreau
Series: One Of Books · Historical Fiction. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,490. Language: American English. Published: October 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Historical » USA
The author's 10th book is an imaginative time travel story. It begins with the disappearance with all ten participants of the Organic Synthesis and the Transcendentalist Movement class. This strange class often reached cult-like fervor. To bring them back, three men decide to go back to Walden Pond to end Thoreau's life. Will they be successful doing so and rewrite history as we know it?
In Small Doses 2 (A Short Story Collection)
Series: In Small Doses (Short Story Collections), Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,690. Language: American English. Published: September 4, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
From the author of the Olivia Plymouth and Corporate Intent Series, something very different! A 2nd edition collection of eight unique short stories. This short story collection includes stories about animals , business analysts, a spiritual/sociological encounter (Illuminations of a Lighthouse Keeper), work burnout , starting a space colony, and excerpts from two older unpublished books
In Small Doses (A Short Story Collection)
Series: In Small Doses (Short Story Collections), Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,610. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
From the author of the Olivia Plymouth and Corporate Intent Series, something very different! A collection of ten unique short stories. From a fairytale about selfishness, a pesky network problem that won't get solved, mysterious spiritual encounters, IT wives, virtual Texas travelogues, and the real cost of some supermarket sales and more!
Missing Owner?: Corporate Intent Series
Series: Corporate Intent, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,270. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
In this second series entry, the DCRI team takes on a perplexing case. The team must determine reality versus lies as they take on two heartless Free Triberian groups. In the process, they discover crazy baseball team fans, a mysterious company takeover, and sudden disappearance of its owner. Is getting to the truth too high a price to pay? Read this dysfunctional corporate thriller to learn more.
Boston Wedding -Olivia Plymouth Series
Series: Olivia Plymouth, Book 2 · Historical Fiction. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 42,550. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Olivia Plymouth is officially in Boston for her sister's wedding. But once again she has a full plate -- balancing solving a colonial mystery, preparing for a marathon, giving a speech at a fashion school,and finding quality time with her boyfriend Richard. Will she triumph or be overwhelmed by the challenges? An enthralling humorous story as only Olivia can have.
Combustible Networks: Year 1
Series: One Of Books. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,790. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » General
This incomplete work covers one of the planned fifteen years in Jenny Eden's life. She just joined the Harvey Corporation, a network infrastructure/data center company. This is contrasted with her CEO's life. Their journal entries are funny, honest, and memorable as they take on their business/technical challenges and discuss their oddball colleagues. The author's annotations are also included.
Ghosts vs. Robots!
Series: One Of Books. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,000. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
Two types of creatures, neither quite human, fight each other over a series of years in a post-apocalyptic world. One group wants the whole planet at any costs. The other group, trying to get on with their lives, is forced to fight just to survive. Who will win -- the army with the overwhelming force or the army that keeps changing their tactics in each encounter. A truly unique sci-fi adventure
Missing Company?: Corporate Intent Series
Series: Corporate Intent, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,660. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Terry and Rose get engaged and attend a conference. But once home, they learn that their company has completely disappeared! Can Judy and the DCRI team once again unravel the truth? As the story unfolds, the team learns that there are greater implications to their search than ever imagined. The reader is taken on a fantastic trip through galactic backwaters while unmasking the eventual truth.
Missing Profits?: Corporate Intent Series
Series: Corporate Intent, Book 0 · Free Short Stories, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 4,140. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
A craving for off-world coffee leaves Judy and Diana tracking down a business that is giving away free money. Is this offer really a means to those needing a financial helping hand or is it something more sinister to ensnare them further? It is all just another day in the office for the Dysfunctional Corporate Research Institute! (DCRI). This is a prequel to the Corporate Intent Series.
Missing Employees?: Corporate Intent Series
Series: Corporate Intent, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,620. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Keeping corporations ethically responsible is the job of Judy Duty, head of DCRI. She researches and busts those companies that put employees and customers at risk for the sake of greed. A fun mystery to learn about the corporate world, different types of managers and employees, and the motivations playing behind the scenes. There is also time for romance and interplanetary comic relief.
Brazilian Quest
Series: Olivia Plymouth, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,050. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective
The embodiment of joyous travel with the wrong suitcase takes on another exciting adventure as a fashion consultant in Brazil for the largest fashion show in Latin America. Olivia and her sister along with their respective boyfriends, also solve a mystery on a farmhouse in the mountains, inspired by psychic dreams. Olivia’s spirited overconfidence turns every obstacle into an opportunity for joy.
Automatons for Peace -The Amazi Chronicles Book 1
Series: Amazi Chronicles, Book 1 · Historical Fiction. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,610. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Historical, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Return to the past of New York, where a young man arrives seeking a fresh start. A rapid series of events unfold, leading him from darkness into light, from remorse to creating instruments for peace, from the sweatshop to starting his own business designing devices to make a difference in the world. He is ahead of his time in creating a robotic human. An inspiring story of rebuilding one's life.
Joyous Travel with the Wrong Suitcase - Olivia Plymouth Series
Series: Olivia Plymouth, Book 0 · Free Short Stories, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 2,600. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Olivia Plymouth is a young fashion consultant/entrepreneur that does a lot of international travel. Overconfident but a little lost, she manages to take on her assignments with much enthusiasm and good humor. In this prequel of the books, she makes a unique dating video while recalling her exposure to the enduring philosophies of Joyous Travel and Choosing the “wrong" suitcase.
How I Overcame My Inventor’s Block
Series: Amazi Chronicles · Free Short Stories, Book 1 · Historical Fiction. Price: Free! Words: 4,600. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Romy became an orphan at 17. Forced to move, she hates everything. The thing that keeps her going is the desire to invent something regardless of the implications. But she has one setback after another. An inventor's show is taking place soon in Vienna. Can she complete something in time? This is a free fantasy steampunk-inspired short story based on the characters in the Amazi Chronicles