Patrick W. Phillips is a 2012 graduate of Harvard University via Harvard Extension School. He splits his time among Boston, London – where he is a member of The Royal Society of Literature – and his hometown of Guntersville, Alabama. He enjoys the study of heraldry and collecting ’80s luxury and sports cars. He is currently single.
What inspires you to write?
Just about everything that I come across in my daily life gets incorporated into one of my works in one way or another. However, I’d have to say that music is my primary influence. If a song gets stuck in my head, a story line develops and a story is born.
Tell us about your writing process.
I can’t control when I write. If I actually sit down and try to write, more often than not nothing comes of it. When it’s the middle of the night or I’m in an MBA class, writing comes about. It just spills out, and I don’t have much control over what order it comes out. I’ve put words to paper that don’t yet fit in chronologically with anything I’ve written and probably won’t reach readers for years.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I’ve never had a conversation with any of my characters, but there was one time I could have sworn I saw one. I was walking in Harvard Square near “the pit” when I saw a young woman walk out of the new Starbucks. She was dressed exactly like the antagonist to my first book, The Deadly Game We play. She had on the pantsuit, fedora, blond hair, and wicked smile of my villainess. For one foolish second, I actually thought she’d come to our world to seek revenge on me for trying to kill her off. She disappeared into the crowd before anything else could happen, but I was filled with the unsettled, chilled feeling that my characters experience around Natalie H. Abrams.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write, just write.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I have the best agent imaginable, but it surprised me when he told me to self-publish through Amazon Kindle. I had dreamed of going through the traditional route since I was a child, but he used his years of experience and solid facts to show me that self-publishing is the way of the future. I encourage everyone to self-publish, at least in the beginning.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Self-publishing is the future.
What do you use?
Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
Urban Fantasy, Teen and Young Adult, Romance, Paranormal, Historical Fiction, Retro-Futurism
What formats are your books in?
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