Q&A with the Writers of Jitterbug Lift
By Diane Skwarek
[Jitterbug Lift was originally reviewed in our Dec. 11, 2013 edition.]
Q: How did y’all meet? What made you decide to write as a team?
Dominic Oliver: I had an idea for a film script and met Jay, who loved the same sci-fi and adventure films I did.
Jay Flynn: When we first started working together, I could rapidly see that each of us had strengths and it just made sense to work together.
Kaenan Oliver: Dom told me about the sci-fi project and I wormed my way in with comments they liked.
Q: Jitterbug Lift is your first novel. What sparked the idea?
DO: We met with a company exec at Fox studios, who wanted a project about the Berlin Airlift. When the studio didn’t make a film on the subject, we turned our best piece into a novel.
JF: I have always had a love for flying and an interest in WWII and the Cold War. I also have German roots and speak the language.
Q: Do you draw from life experiences?
DO: I focus on story. I don’t think you have to write only what you know, but what interests you.
JF: My experiences overseas and in broadcast news are a deep well.
KO: I think everything comes from experience and curiosity.
Q: Any advice for potential writers?
DO: Do what you love because you never know what will sell.
JF: Live, write, read, live, rewrite, read, repeat.
KO: I like Barbara Jordan’s quote that, “It is more important to be interested than interesting.” I think it’s crucial to be fascinated with something – anything – and explore it eagerly.
Jitterbug Lift tells a compelling story of damaged people. It is a historically accurate thriller rife with conflict, betrayal, and daredevil aviation set in post-WWII Berlin. It is available in paperback at Vroman’s bookstore (695 E. Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena) and online at VromansBookstore.com. Also available in both e-book and paperback at Amazon.com and BarnsandNoble.com.