Interview with Donald Phillips

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in England about thirty miles from London. My town, Hemel Hempstead was a new town, That is it was a small old town from the time of Henry VIII that was suddenly inundated by tens of thousands of Londoners who had been displaced by the Second World War. It had no influence on my writing except that I received a good education and shone at English.
When did you first start writing?
Fifteen years ago. I had run a training center for school leavers who were out of the mainstream either because of their personal circumstances or because they could not manage ordinary school and needed special needs training. They called them the mad, bad and sad. Our job was to get them into the real world of work by finding employment they could manage and enjoy. I saw a lot of bad things during the seven years I did this work and when I left I had the urge to write some of it down in a form that showed exactly how it was for these trainees. Then I just caught the writing bug.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It is about the future problems that are going to happen between the Christian and Muslim worlds. I believe at the moment we are only seeing the tip of the iceberg. The poblem is that as I write what I think is going to happen it actually happens. This is causing many rewrites.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The difficulty of getting books published through the regular channels and my lack of desire to make a vast fortune. I write because I enjoy it.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It has given thousands of people the chance to read my work.
What do your fans mean to you?
I do not know because although people can download all my books for free not one of them has ever written a review or contacted me. This is a great disappointment.
Who are your favorite authors?
All of them really. I know within two chapters if I am going to finish a book or just abandon it.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I am also a woodworking author and my workshop calls to me as much as my keyboard.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Eating out with friends and walking my beautiful spaniel. I also enjoy touring my adopted country Spain, with my wife, Rosemary.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Through the grapevine and from Smashwords and the Internet.
Published 2014-09-04.
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Books by This Author

The Opportunities of Youth
Price: Free! Words: 68,850. Language: English. Published: May 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
A humorous look at the YTS or YOPS schemes of the nineteen seventies by someone who worked in them for several years in what was then Avon County.
Four Short Tales
Price: Free! Words: 8,850. Language: British English. Published: May 1, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Don Phillips lives in a part of Spain where you have to speak the language. These four amusing and basically true stories reflect various moments in the last twenty five years he has lived there where this has caused the odd problem.
Price: Free! Words: 100,270. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
As a law officer you watch it all from a distance. But what happens when it gets personal? What happens when its your family dying? John MacAllister had been a CID inspector for nearly twenty years and thought he had seen it all. He had too, but not through the eyes of a victim. This time it was personal with his own family involved. He discovered he too had a dark side. Set In Bristol, England.
Price: Free! Words: 120,840. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: April 16, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Christian » Mystery & detective
When Jack Ropell joined Customs and Excise he did not think it would ever be a life threateningly dangerous job. He also thought that Spain was a holiday destination. That was until he joined the anti-drug section. Then he changed his mind.