Author W. Wes Oleszewski was born and raised in mid-Michigan and spent most of his life with an eye turned toward space, flight and spaceflight. Since 1990 he has authored 17 books on the subject of Great Lakes maritime history and lighthouses. Now he has turned his attention toward spaceflight.
Noted for his meticulous research, Oleszewski has a knack for weeding out the greatest of details from the most obscure events and then weaving those facts into the historical narratives which are his stories. His tales of actual events are real enough to thrill any reader while every story is technically correct and highly educational. Oleszewski feels that the only way to teach history in this age of computer and video games is through “narrative.” The final product of his efforts are captivating books that can be comfortably read and enjoyed by everyone from the eldest grandmother to the grade-school kid and future pilot or historian.
Born on the east side of Saginaw, Michigan in 1957, Wes Oleszewski attended public school in that city through grade nine, when his family moved to the town of Freeland, Michigan. In 1976 he graduated from Freeland High School and a year later entered the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. Working his way through college by way of his own earned income alone, Oleszewski graduated in 1987 with a commercial pilot’s certificate, “multi-engine and instrument airplane” ratings as well as a B.S. Degree in Aeronautical Science. He has pursued a career as a professional pilot as well as one as an author. He holds an A.T.P. certificate and to date has logged more than 5,000 hours of flight time most of which is in airline category and corporate jet aircraft. Recently he gave up the life of a professional aviator and now enjoys his job as a professional writer.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Well, after having done 17 books under my print publisher I decided that I wanted to do something outside of their box. There is a lot of stuff that I considered writing about and spaceflight was at the top of my list. My print publisher was really not interested in a spaceflight series, so I just figured to do it myself.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Since I primarily write historical narratives, my greatest joy is doing the detective work and rooting around to find the obscure facts and then weaving them into the story. Frankly, I think that I get most of the fun out of the book because I get to do the first-hand discovery.
“Growing Up With Spaceflight- Skylab/ASTP” is the true story of an average kid who came of age watching the US space program and evolved from a casual observer to raving space buff. This volume the third release of the 6 book series. It covers Skylab 1 through Apollo/Soyuz and is garnished with humor and technical information. Readers may well see themselves in these stories.
“Growing Up With Spaceflight- Project Apollo Part One” is the true story of an average kid who came of age watching the US space program and evolved from a casual observer to raving space buff. This volume the first release of the 6 book series. It covers Apollo 1 through Apollo 13 and is garnished with humor and technical information. Readers may well see themselves in these stories.