Gay Minimalist: By: Dan Oliver (Author Interview)

Gay Minimalist looks like a great book.  What can you tell us about it?

It’s a distillation of everything I learned about Minimalism in my twenties.  It is easy to read & implement into your life to improve it!  It’s printed in beautiful colors with a collection of my most popular blog posts (now retired) together in one place.


Any plans to turn it into a series?

No, it’s a straightforward & useful tool to create greater meaning in life. 


What scene or section did you have the most fun writing?

Probably sharing some of my little cooking hacks at the end.


What inspired the idea for the book?

I was living in Chicago & noticed that the gay community especially seemed tied up with superficial spending and consumerism.  I had experienced so many benefits in my own life, saving time and money through Minimalism that I had to share my knowledge with the LGBTQIA community and beyond.


How did you come up with the title for the book?

It was the name of my blog which I ran for many years in my twenties.  I’m a Minimalist & I just happen to be Gay.  I think queerness or gender identity or really anything that gives a person their sense of self should be not just tolerated but celebrated!  Our strength as a global civilization is our diversity.  The more diverse communities are in their expression, the greater likelihood they are to thrive & implement new ideas to help them achieve that success.


Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Gay Minimalist?

Formatting the book & narrowing down which blog posts I wanted to include or leave out.


What do you like to do when not writing?

I am a workaholic artist, so I’m either making music or Art.  I try to enjoy coffee, the ocean, going out to eat, playing games, calling friends.  Oh & listening to tons of podcasts about consciousness, aliens, Sasquatch, the paranormal, etc!


Where can readers find out more about your work?

You can follow me & my life on Instagram @DanOliverEats as well as my Art @DanOliverDesign  I also have a website at You can find my music online too on Spotify/Amazon/iTunes & most other online stores.