What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Hi. My name is Phil. My books are horror/fantasy. Maybe with a bit of paranormal thrown in for good measure. I’m a bit of a mixed bag.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
My first book (Unknown) came about due to high profile abductions. Every year, people go missing, never to return. I thought about trying to put a dark slant on that, bringing in foul vampires as abductors. It went from there, the story building and becoming more complex with each chapter.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I just love dark tales. I was fascinated by Salem’s Lot growing up (still am). I like the idea of our normal world being invaded by the extraordinary. Swapping Play-station’s for vampires and demons. What’s not to love eh!
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I’ve travelled a lot. So it felt easy for me to add locations from the far flung corners of the world. If I’m writing in a certain time period, I try to use language and items that would have been around at the time. Like wrist watches, cameras, or historical events. I have always enjoyed doing that.
Can you tell me about your Series?
I’ll tell you as much as I can. It’s called The Forsaken Series. There is Unknown, The Turning, and I’m currently working on book three. This book should be called, The Witch and the Watcher. Maybe. I’m still trying to decide. The series takes in many places, both on Earth and other worlds. There are vampires, demons, unicorns, witches. Even a kitchen sink. Lol!
Do you have a favourite book out of this series?
At the moment, probably The Turning. It’s kinda like the Empire Strikes Back. Oops. I’ve said too much. Spoiler alert! I just loved writing it. I also enjoyed Unknown, and am really enjoying book three. But for me, The Turning is my favourite. It has characters that I love, along with a few other people thrown into the mix. Even a few author buddies find their way into it. With their consent of course.
Was it always meant to become a series?
At first, no. When I finished Unknown back in 2014, I had no intention of publishing it. It was only a chance conversation with a friend that inspired me to do something with it. Thank you Mimi. Once I decided to publish it, my cogs were whirring, hungry to write the next chapter.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I have a day job. A very busy day job. I also have a lovely wife and two boys. So, my writing is as and when I can fit it in. I’m currently at about 35000 words on book three. I hope to have it finished by Christmas. Earlier if I win the lottery. Lol.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
As I said earlier, The Witch and the Watcher is currently in progress. That should complete the series. Unless there is a movie deal. Just sayin…..
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
My main protagonist is called Jake. My youngest son is called Jake. So there is a link. My best friend appeared in the first book, although I cannot reveal his identity. Suffice to say, he dies. Lol.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Finding the time. And the distraction of social media. I have hundreds of fans, who message me twenty-four hours a day. Okay. That’s a lie. A big fat one…
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I have a trailer made for each book. My good friend, Lanie Jacobs made them for me. I’m sure she’ll want an invite to the premiere. I think they are a way to hook potential readers. I am a fan……..
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
At the moment, remembering what day it is….. Having two wonderful sons is my greatest accomplishment, I just can’t remember their names……
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Being an author. Being able to say that you have written a book. Even if only ten people read it, it’s a massive achievement. Plus, I’ve met so many wonderful people in the last few years. Fellow authors, who encourage and cajole you into writing more stuff.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Alive, hopefully. Probably working still. I’ll still be writing. I suppose the dream would be to be able to write full time. Maybe in a nice Cornish farmhouse, overlooking the Atlantic, with my family around me.
Have you always liked to write?
No. It only came to me a few years ago. And it gripped me immediately. It is addictive. You should all try it. At least once.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Embrace writing foremost. Take your stories everywhere with you. To the supermarket. To bed. Ideas will come from anywhere, jot them down if you can. But also, get a good social media prescience. I released Unknown before I was even on Twitter. Looking back now, I’d have gotten a good following before any releases.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
Well, I work in Health & Safety during the day. So for now, I’ll stick with that. Would love to be a Lumberjack though. It’s the shirts y’see……
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I always click on the helpful feedback button. I have had a few bad reviews for Unknown, mainly due to proofreading and editing. Now that it has been re-published, I hope that all the spllelling nistakes will be taken out. I love good reviews. It really makes my day to think that out there, somewhere, someone loves my book. If the review is negative, but useful, I take that on board for the next book. Not everyone will love your stuff.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Well, I’m with a publisher now, which is great fun. Mental but fun. Trying to keep up is tricky sometimes. But I’d rather be trying to keep up, than twiddling my thumbs. My least favourite part of writing is when you are struggling with a chapter, trying to get it finished. It’s like pulling teeth.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
Lenga’s milky eyes opened as she heard a rap at the door. She coughed, spitting black phlegm onto the rough planked flooring. “Come,” she rasped. A young woman entered, half dragging a youth behind her. “Ah. Brianna. Your tits are a welcome sight for my old eyes.”
The young woman smiled, mainly out of fear. She looked down at her cleavage, wanting nothing more than to pull her woollen shawl around herself. The witch’s stare felt like a cold mist, chilling her pale skin. She knew that folk liked to gawp at her prized assets. Her dark hair, pretty face, and straight teeth were almost unheard of on the island. It was only the fact that her father was the inn keeper, and a cut-throated killer that kept her virtue intact. She ushered the youth forward. “What you asked for?”
“Nice. Come here boy.”
Brianna guided the boy towards Lenga, his eyes glazed over. “His name is Keto. He travelled here from afar, looking for work. Father tried him out for a couple of nights, but his only talent lies between his legs.”
“Ha ha,” chuckled Lenga as the boy came within arm’s length. In one quick motion she slit the drawstring on his trousers, letting them fall to his ankles. “My my,” she said taking hold of him. “Come and stick that inside old Lenga. I need feeding. Brianna, you can watch.”
The girl stood there motionless, the creaking of the bed and Lenga’s grunting filling her ears. A few minutes later, the witch shoved the youth off her, pulling her long black skirts back into place. “That will keep me going until I have my next prize.”
“Your next prize?” Brianna said.
“Have you not heard? The commotion a few days ago. That was caused by an Outlander. I’ve sent someone to bring him to me. I want his head to adorn my wall. But not before I’ve sampled his wares.”
“Oh. I saw the fight outside the tavern. Many folk killed. Father kept me inside.”
“A wise man your father is. Anyway. We’re gassing and gabbing and wasting time.” The witch stood up slowly, her legs clamped together to hold in her prize. “Get up boy,” she said as a bony toe prodded his flank. “Brianna, take him over to the vat.”
The young woman heaved the boy to his feet, trying not to look at his flaccid manhood that was coated in dark liquid. She looked into the large vat, its black surface churning with unseen snakes. “Now what?”
“Put him in,” said the witch as she settled in her chair.
Keto’s eyes suddenly cleared as he was lifted into the vat. “What’s happening?” he blurted.
“You’re about to find out,” Lenga said, watching with interest. “Stand back girl. This could get messy. Brianna did as she was bid, watching in horror as several snakes climbed the boys flesh, fastening their mouths onto his skin. A large red reptile forced its way into his mouth, stifling his protests as a feeding frenzy began. Hundreds of sets of fangs attacked his skin, their venom melding into his bloodstream. His head thrashed from side to side as the tail of the red snake disappeared into his mouth. Brianna felt bile sting the back of her throat, swallowing it down as tears ran down her cheeks. The boy’s cries died away as the venom took hold of him. His lifeless head lolled back on the lip on the vat, black liquid spilling onto the floor.
“What will happen to him now?” Brianna asked, her voice quivering.
“I’ll leave it a day, then I’ll cut him up and cook him. He will taste good. Almost as good as the Outlander will taste. But first I need something from him.” Brianna froze on the spot as the witch’s eyes turned black. Lenga held out a bony hand towards the vat, gnarled fingers curling and cracking. The red snake appeared from the corpse’s mouth flying across the cabin into the witch’s grasp. Black, dead eyes looked at the witch. Lenga smiled before taking the head in her mouth, biting down hard. A sickening crunching sound filled the cabin. Two more bites and the head came away, blood pouring onto the witch’s face and neck.
Vomit hit the floorboards as Brianna’s will collapsed. She fell to the floor, retching and crying. “Oh God,” she blurted as she wiped at her mouth.
“You’ve seen enough,” Lenga said as she finished eating the head. “Leave me to my feast girl. Bring more, and I will reward you further. Now go.”
The door slammed shut as Lenga started consuming the remainder of the snake. The boy’s essence fuelling her withered body. Giving her the strength she would need. For the journey ahead.
Where did your love of books come from?
I’ve always loved books. From an early age, I read at school. John Steinbeck, William Golding. I loved to read. Then I took a hiatus for years. It wasn’t until I was travelling around Africa, that my love of reading took off again. And since that hot, dusty day in a Kenyan bus garage, I’ve always got a book on the go….
Do you have any favourite authors or favourite books?
My favourite main stream guys are the usual, King Cussler, Clancy, Herbert, and Child. However, I am really into the indie scene too. Great writers like Lanie Jacobs, Brianna West, and Alana Greig to name but a few. I have so many great books lately by some great indie/new authors.
Favourite book. Probably either The Five People You Meet In Heaven, or the Salem’s Lot. Hard to choose.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
Jake Stevenson is my favourite. He’s not me. He’s younger and better looking. But he grew up where I did. I started him off in a really bad place. And I think that he’s grown as a character. He’s the guy next door, who would help anyone. He also kills vampires in a parallel universe. Quite the CV.
Where can readers go to discover more about you and your books?
On the interweb. Here are some links:
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I just try to tell the story that I want. Not everyone will want to read it. I guess I don’t pander to the populous. My vampires are not sparkly. There is nothing wrong with sparkly vampires by the way. There is enough room for everyone.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
Guys like: Kelly Miles, Alana Greig, Lanie Jacobs, Anna Lores, Zizi Cole, Rita Ames, and Brianna West. I could go on all night. Sorry if I neglected to mention you. I love you all. Lol. They encourage me. They give me feedback. A few have read my WIPs. They are a very supportive bunch.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
The Man Who Needed More Sleep.
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
If I could be the character in any book, who would it be………. Aragorn. Hands down…..
May 13th will be The Release Party For THE TURNING by Phil Price!! Come and join this Amazing Party!! https://www.facebook.com/events/139909029877937/?ti=icl
(I want to thank you for taking your time to do an interview!! Congratulations on your new book and I know we will be seeing more of you in the future❤️)
Born in Sutton Coldfield, The United Kingdom
GenreHorror, Fantasy, Thriller
Influences: Stephen King, Wilbur Smith, Clive Cussler, Lee Child
Member SinceOctober 2015
Phil Price was born in Sutton Coldfield in 1974. He lived in various places until his family settled in Rednal, Birmingham in 1979. Growing up with and older brother and sister he always flirted with reading as there were always books lying on shelves around the house. Then in 1997 he embarked on a travel expedition that took him from Greece to Thailand, via East and Southern Africa. Sitting in dusty bus stations in Kenya, Tanzania, and Malawi gave him the opportunity to ignite his imagination fully. Since those far off days he has never been without a book to read.
He toyed with the idea of writing a book in 2009. After writing a few short stories he caught a whiff of a story in his head. It grew and grew in 2010 until he had enough to begin. Marriage and two children came along, with the story being moved to the back burner for periods of time. However during those periods of writing inactivity the story continued to evolve until it just needed to be written down.
The book was littered with places that had influenced Phil’s life. From the Lickey Hills In Birmingham, to the Amatola Mountains in South Africa with other locations, in-between and far beyond.
The book was finished sometime in 2014 and was left on his computer, until a chance conversation with an author friend made Phil take the bold step to publish his story, Unknown.
Unknown was re-published in 2017, as part of The Forsaken Series. The Turning, is to follow on from Unknown, with a third book currently in production.