Interview with Al Philipson

What are you working on next?
Other books in the "Holy Christian Empire" series
Who are your favorite authors?
Robert Heinlein
John Bowers
Anne McCaffrey
Harry Turtledove
God (The Bible)
C.S. Lewis
Al Philipson (of course)
The rest of the list can get quite long, but these are the top ones.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Aches and pains + a full bladder.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
There's time after writing?

Okay, I have to cook to live (can't afford to eat out and the choices in a small town are limited).

Yard work, church activities, friends, reading.
Where did the series title for "The Holy Christian Empire" come from?
I hope to write that book next, after I finish the current one.

Sneak peek: When the empire was being formed, in the midst of a huge battle involving hundreds of planets (The War of Consolidation), King Barnabas named it.

It seems that Barney, like all of the kings in Eric's line (except Tyler the Tyrant), was a Christian. He got to thinking about the Holy Roman Empire and, when in a playful mood (he may have been drunk at the time), he thought "Holy Christian Empire" would be amusing. It stuck.
Do you remember the first novel you ever wrote?
Yes. It's still in my closet of shame. It will NEVER see the light of day. In fact, if I had any character, I'd take the blasted thing outside and burn it page-by-page. It's horrible.
How do you approach cover design?
I leave that to the experts at FTL.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Describe your desk
Cluttered beyond all hope.
Published 2018-02-20.
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Books by This Author

Chandler's Secret Princess - Holy Christian Empire 2405
Series: Holy Christian Empire, Book 2405. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,950. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
Ten-year-old Princess Barbara Stewart is away from home when her parents, the King and Queen of New Britain, and siblings are brutally slaughtered by her Uncle Tyler, who wants the throne for himself. Grieved and terrified, Barbara knows that Tyler will be looking for her to finish the job. As the King’s only surviving lawful successor, only Barbara stands between Tyler and his goal.
God's Assassin - Holy Christian Empire 2608
Series: Holy Christian Empire, Book 2608. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 67,630. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
It's 2608 (Earth Calendar) and Victoria Chandler, a direct descendant of "Rock" Chandler, struggles to balance her five lives: · -She's the presumptive heir to an earldom that spans a continent on her home planet of Camelot, · -Hot Royal Navy fighter pilot, · -Spy, · -Reluctant assassin, and · -The hope for freedom from bondage for an entire world. Complete story in one volume.
SciFi Four Pack
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,800. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Four short science fiction stories from Al Philipson: Heat: Assassination attempt on a planet similar to Mercury Time Twist: Revenge in the past My Plan Perfect: Kidnapped humans bring a surprise God's Agent: A harrowing military spy story
Last Train from Earth - Holy Christian Empire 2206
Series: Holy Christian Empire, Book 2206. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 66,110. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
It's 2206. A desperate plan to escape tyranny of the Free States of America and colonize a new world. But will a spy derail their plans? And if they manage that, will they be able to fight off the military might that will be sent to bring them back?