MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR PHIL PRICE☠️
How and when did you get started as a writer?
Well, I had the idea of a story about eight years ago. I’d written a few short stories before that, enjoying the whole writing experience. The idea for the story started to take hold, just as I was about to get married. Whilst sitting on a sun lounger in Mauritius, the story of Unknown began. Once I was back at my computer, I started to write. The rest as they say, is history.
Why did you decide to be a writer?
I suppose because I can. I think I have a few good stories to tell, and I want to share them with people. I’ve only recently considered myself as an actual author. Before that, I was Phil. Man, husband, dad, worker, and occasional writer. Lol.
How do you usually find your ideas?
They can be very random. The idea for Unknown came from actual abductions. I just decided to put a vampiric spin on it. If that is actually a word. There is so much going on in our little world, finding good ideas isn’t too difficult to come across.
What are your goals as an author?
World domination. A Ferrari bath and a hotel on the moon. Kidding. I don’t know really. I just want people to enjoy my books. In time, that may evolve into a new set of goals. I’ve been advised that I should think of my writing as a job, which is what I am trying to do. It’s no longer just a secret hobby.
When did you first consider yourself an author?
As I said before, not too long ago. I became published at the start of the year. It was probably then that it hit me. I was self-published before, gaining good recognition for my first book. However, it wasn’t until a publisher took me on that I actually thought, shit! This is real.
Did you have a hard time sharing your work with the public?
Not really. I built up a good twitter following in the early days, and seemed to be ticking along nicely. I have come to realize that social media is a very handy tool at getting yourself seen. In time, I guess I will be able to share more of my work. Baby steps……
What genres do you write?
So far, mainly horror/fantasy. I love vampires. The whole idea of them just gets my fingers itching to write. However, I want to expand into different genres in future. I have a sci-fi novel planned for 2018, along with a dark thriller after that. So I am a bit of a hybrid. I guess.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
Sci-fi. I have already started my next book, titled ZOO. It’s completely different to be writing about Warp Drive, Wormholes, and the Cosmos, as oppose to vampires. But I am loving the whole experience. I just hope that I do it justice, as it’s a difficult genre to get right.
What inspires you to write?
My friends. I have so many great people who are willing me to write more. That, and a yearning to create unique and challenging stories.
How long does it take you to write a novel?
It depends. Unknown took me four years to complete. The Turning about eight months. And my latest novel about a year. I have to juggle my home life around my writing life. So I have tended to dip in and out over the years.
If you could be one of your characters for a day, who would it be and why?
Probably Jake Stevenson from the Forsaken Series. He’s a great character, who travels through doorways to vampire filled worlds. Now, who would not like that instead of going to do the day job?
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m just finishing up the final book of The Forsaken Series. It will be called The Witch & The Watcher. It should be out later in the year. I have a few short stories kicking about the place too, that I will concentrate on over the next few months.
Can you give a little morsel of what you are working on?
Vicky looked at Jake in the darkness, a worried look on her face. “It did this recently. The lights in the kitchen popped off.”
“Where is the fuse board?” Jake said.
“In the pantry off the kitchen. I’ll show you.” They walked through into the kitchen, Vicky heading over to a small door in the corner of the room. She opened the door, motioning Jake over. “It’s there. Above the highest shelf.
“Okay. I’ll take a look.” He walked over, dropping the plastic flap on the front of the fuse board. Upon inspection, he noticed one of the breakers had dropped into the off position. He reached up, pushing the switch with his finger. Nothing happened. “Are the lights in the lounge back on?”
“Mommy,” Jasper said from the lounge. “Has Jake fixed it?”
“Not yet. He’s taking a look at it now.” Rain started pattering against the kitchen window. Vicky watched as the trees and bushes in the garden swayed back and forth under a stiffening breeze.
“Your fuse board isn’t labelled. Does one switch power all the downstairs lights?”
“I’m not sure, why?”
“Try the kitchen light?” he replied, using the flashlight on his phone to light the small pantry.
A breeze blew through the kitchen, the utility door swinging on its hinges. “The back door must be open,” Vicky said as she diverted her route from the switch on the wall. “Hang on Jake while I-”
“What was that?” Jake said, missing the end of the woman’s sentence. He turned from the back of the cupboard, stepping out into the kitchen. Three sets of eyes looked back at him. One was Vicky’s. The other sets of eyes were glowing yellow and red, reaching out to him across the kitchen.
“Reunited at last,” Alain said, his long bony fingers wrapping themselves around Vicky’s neck. She stood frozen to the spot, her face a mask of terror.
What can we expect in the near future?
More books. And more of me. Many authors try and force their work upon you. I’m not really like that. I’d prefer people to like ME, before they like my work. I have a great Street Team page on Facebook, where I like to interact and have fun with the members. After all. Writing can be a lonely business. It’s good to just have some fun and talk to folk.
If you could choose an author to be your mentor, who would it be?
Stephen King. After all, he’s one of the inspirations I have for starting this writing journey. I think I could learn much from the master of horror.
Do you have any suggestions to help become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Read more. I think that when you read another author’s work, it helps hone your own writing skills. And read differing genres too. That will help increase your vocab.
Something personal about you people may be surprised to know?
I work as a Safety Manager. So during the day I’m trying to keep people safe. And at night, I’m killing people. In my books I mean. I just wanted to clarify that point. I am two very different people. And that’s how I like it. For now.
What is your greatest weakness?
Social Media. Next…..
What is your greatest strength?
The people around me that inspire and help. I have met some truly fabulous people over the last few years. People that have been my guiding light. They know who they are. I won’t embarrass them here. Okay I will. Alana Greig and Kelly Miles are two wonderful people, who have gone out of their way to help me. They have taken time out of their busy lives for me, purely because they believe in my work. I would not have made it this far without them. There have been others too. But Alana and Kelly are top of my cool list.
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
A Lumberjack. I think it was the shirts that did it.
The Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Facebook (hangs head).
Tough one. I will go with Monsoon by Wilbur Smith. A fabulous tale of pirates, adventure, and family feuds.
Spain. I love the place. Great food. Great wine and beer. Fabulous scenery and culture. If I could live anywhere in the world, Spain would win…..
Where can people find you?
I can be stalked….. I mean found at the following places:
Thank you Amy for taking time to chat with me. It’s been great J
THANK YOU PHIL❤️