Interview with Jane Collins-Philippe

When did you first start writing?
I began writing as soon as I could hold a pencil correctly. My mother was the only person who could decipher it. I was three years old.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
One of my greatest joys is creating characters; bringing to life beings who started life as nothing more than notions, random thoughts and pictures that scurry about in the mind. The wonder of it also is how they begin to create themselves. For me this constitutes a companionship and collaboration that are both intriguing and fulfilling.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
A friend offered me a Kobo a few years back. It comes in very handle since I travel frequently. I've downloaded Kindle onto my computer (admittedly so I could buy my own Kindle ebook).
What do you read for pleasure?
I'm addicted to make-believe so my first choice is fiction; something that makes me think or makes me laugh. Or both. A good cry works too. A bit of mystery is always welcome, though I'm not big on 'Detective'. Guess that means I'll read anything that captures me. There is also poetry for moments of introspection or untethered joy.
What are you working on next?
The novel I am currently working on is entitled SWEET BUNS AND BLUEBERRY TEA and is, like my first, LAUNDERED SHIRTS LOOK BETTER ON HANGERS, a story that reminds us of how ordinary lives are filled with comedy as well as courage. How our moments of foolishness and insecurity can be off-set by our simple and sometimes glorious determination and humanity.
Who are your favorite authors?
Some of my favourites are John Irving, Barbara Kingsolver, Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, Yann Martel . . . there are so many. Where to stop?
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Bird song. The rising sun or the dripping rain, snowflakes and the wind waking sleepy trees.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Much of this time is spent thinking about what I'm going to write or what I should write about. Jotting down ideas in tiny notebooks. When I don't do that I read, sculpt in clay, swim, talk to my dog, listen to my husband, play with friends and travel.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. I was about eight when I wrote my first serious story. It was about an abandoned child who, after long moments of fear, despair and confusion realised that as long as she had faith in herself she would be alright.
How do you approach cover design?
I have created my own covers so far. I start by making mind pictures. With LOOKING FOR WILL, the cover design was based on a feeling evoked by the main character. It represents the yearning of Gracie Fortune, a woman who searches the horizon in the hope of finding all that she has lost. (This idea became a painting done by an artist friend). The cover image for LAUNDERED SHIRTS LOOK BETTER ON HANGERS represents the chaos experienced by the main character, Claudia Stone, and is hopefully quirky enough to suit the title and content.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book LOOKING FOR WILL has much to do with how our behaviour, courage, desire and fear are determined by our perceptions of others and of situations in which we find ourselves. The title is a double entendre. "Will" signifies the determination and fortitude that each of the novel’s characters is seeking, but, is also the name of the sixteen month old child who goes missing. His disappearance is the pivotal event in the story.

Parallel but ultimately connected to this drama is that of Gracie and Gabe Fortune and the hermit Matthew Pepperall who are all struggling with loss and guilt. Gracie Fortune is bereft and her husband is at a loss as to how to bring her back from the edge of despair. When in desperation she begins making demands of her wayward god to restore that which has been taken from her, Gracie Fortune couldn’t know that all hell is going to break loose.
Published 2016-09-23.
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Books by This Author

Looking for Will
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 111,920. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Gracie Fortune is acting strange. She sees dancing fruit trees and encroaching horizons over which she’s tempted to go. In desperation she begins making demands of her wayward god. But when her prayers are answered all hell breaks loose.
Laundered Shirts Look Better on Hangers
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 84,500. Language: Canadian English. Published: March 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
The only power I have over my life, thinks Claudia Stone as she puts the noose around her neck, is the power to end it. Claudia can't manage to live her life. Then, one day, by a twist of fate she discovers a hidden talent. When she becomes a phone sex playmate a new exciting world begins to unfold. But will it be enough to save her?