Interview with Harrison Phillips

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I'm a very independent person. I simply like having control of my work. After all I did everything myself. I wrote it of course, but I also edited and drew the illustration either with a pencil or with the use of a paint program. As long as the whole project was mine anyway I figured I might as well publish it, too. Traditional publishing as far as I'm concerned wouldn't really give me any advantage. After all with the tablet, smart phones and computers being a means for people to read pretty much anything and get it at a lower price, epublishing just seems to be a good choice. I also like the fact that it better for mother earth since no trees are use to make paper. However for those that want to curl up with a good book I've also got that covered to and they can order my print on demand book.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I have always enjoyed storytelling, whether I'm telling the story or not and I've always loved fantasy novels. My greatest joy however is opening my imagination and using my creativity. I am an artist at heart. I love to write and draw and play music on the guitar. I love to entertain and have performed in front of live audiences with my guitar and voice. The bottom line is I like to make people happy. So whatever I can do to that end I will do.
What do your fans mean to you?
Without fans I am just a wasted wind, a meaningless thought and there would be no point in doing what I do. The stories and songs I write are for them. When I play guitar and sing, it's for them. When I'm alone I really don't play the guitar and sing all that much and when I write it is with hope that what I write is read. I am a giver and these things that I can give are of myself as a gift to all those that want to receive. When they are received I am blessed and I will keep on giving as long as anyone wants to receive my gifts.
What are you working on next?
I am working on another fantasy novel about The Stone of Power or at least that's the working title so far. I believe it will be enjoyable for those that like the genre as it promises to be more of the same thing that I believe people want. After all I'm a fan of the genre and the elements in my first book The Sword of Ghespi were things that I like to see in the books I have read and would like to read in the future.
Who are your favorite authors?
I like a myriad of authors. J. R. R. Tolkien is my favorite, but I like Terry Brooks, Michael Crichton, Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury for general reading. I have read and enjoyed the works of many others as well. Charles Dickens, Shakespeare, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Edgar Alan Poe are some of the less contemporary authors that I had the privilege to read. I even like poetry, especially Robert Frost.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I have a fine wife, a good life and the urge to create. What else do i need. Each day is a gift and should be used to create something that will give others enjoyment. I want to share my creations with the world and hopefully they will live on beyond my time so that those that come later can enjoy them, too. It is for the people that I write and not for myself. It is true that I get enjoyment out of writing, but that is a fleeting thing. The more gratifying part of it all is to have given someone else happiness and enjoyment with what I've done.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I read other peoples work, I draw illustration for my book, I create my cover, I cook and I watch TV. My days are my own to do with, but at night I like to just sit with my wife, talking and watching TV. She is the joy of my life and any time I can spend a quite evening alone with her makes me happy.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I use Google primarily although I mostly read ebooks to help me with marketing or editing. Some of the ebooks I read are motivational as well or of a spiritual nature. I believe that we are meant to love one another as we love God and ourselves and so I strive to do just that all the time. I enjoy meditation and reading of ways to get more out of it so I look for things that will help me do that. But mostly I look for thing that will help me to grow as a person and to make myself a better man.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I still have it somewhere, typed out and it's faded I'm sure. It was a short story called The Observers. I also have the first novel I wrote called the Treasure Seekers and a book I started and will one day finish called Spirit Life Children. I have also written well over 1000 poems some of which are really good. I've even penned a few songs and turned some of my poems into songs.
What is your writing process?
I write and then I rewrite and then I edited, but when I get stuck I draw. Then I look for inspiration through meditation or music or by watching something that puts me in the mood to write. Of course it is not all about writing. James Michener said once that he wasn't a very good writer, but he was a great editor. The things I write are sometimes good, but some of it needs some work. So I rewrite and I edited those parts and then I draw when I get stuck. Then at night I generally just forget all about it and spend time with my wife or cook dinner.
Do you remember the first story you ever read that had an impact on you?
I grew up in the fifties and sixties when Disney was coming out with great movies like Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty so I think those formed my attachment to fantasy. In school I read a lot of Dickens and just fell in love with the way he wrote. Then I discovered Shakespeare and became enamored with words. I read Aldous Huxley's Brave New World and 1984 by George Orwell as reading assignments for an English class. Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo was a book I couldn't put down. Ray Bradbury's Illustrated Man was a great collection of short stories as were many of Edgar Alan Poe's story like The Tell Tale Heart and Cask of Amantillado. But I absolutely fell in love with J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Ring trilogy. Those more than anything made me want to become a writer.
How do you approach cover design?
I have an artist's eye and a penchant for layout that I learned while working in the advertising department of a small weekly newspaper. Therefor I like to create my own covers such as the cover for The Sword of Ghespi. I started off looking through artwork that had a sword with a gradient background. I found one I liked and went from there creating my own gradient background, drawing some scroll work to impose on top and then finished by adding a sword that I also drew. It was actually quite fun to do and didn't take all that much time. All that was left then was to put the name of the book and author over the sword and gradient.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Well, I've already given you four, those being The Hobbit, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King. These are the epitome of the fantasy novel genre to me and have pushed me into writing my own book. As for my fifth favorite I would have to say it is David Copperfield because it is the book that most closely follows Charles Dickens' life. All of these I've read more than once and found them equally enjoyable each time.
Published 2014-04-29.
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Books by This Author

The Sword of Ghespi
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 50,710. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Orphaned at the age of 14, Prince Faelin flees for his life becoming a fugitive in his own land. Four years later he along with his companions fight the evil that has taken over the land. With the help of the people they form an army to defeat the evil wizard and Othar the usurper of the throne, but will they be able to defeat Othar once he's been transformed into a dragon by the Dark Prince.