Interview with Phineas G. Tuffle

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
To see a section (paragraph, page or chapter) finished and watch the story grow.
What are you working on next?
The sequel to Truth Like A Fairytale.
Who are your favorite authors?
Kurt Vonnegut, Terry Pratchett, Mark Twain, Harry Turtledove.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
A belief that this is all about some higher purpose.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was a much embellished tale of my father's exploits in WWII. I was eight, and the story was eight or nine pages, with pictures, in very big writing.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes, the first story I ever read of my own free will was a Bible story. Again, I was seven or eight. It made me think a lot about God.
How do you approach cover design?
I approach someone with the ideas I have and ask them to make something like it. The person who illustrated the cover of Truth Like A Fairytale has worked with me before. Laura McKenzie Atkins is my favorite cover illustrator because she seems able to see precisely what I envision.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Bible, because I think it is still the most amazing collection of manuscripts ever written. A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court, because it seems to me to show a seldom seen side of Mark Twain. Slaughter House Five, because it still makes me laugh. Terry Pratchett's Reaper Man for the same reason. Catch 22 because it was the first adult war novel that I read all the way through, and the one that left the biggest impression on me.
What do you read for pleasure?
Scripture, church history, military history, anything about Teddy Roosevelt, science fiction, historic fiction and alternative history.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a basic Kindle, which I love.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in northern Indiana, and was taken with local authors like Vonnegut and Richard Bach. I still like the backhanded way Vonnegut looks at life and the ultra positive way Bach does. When it comes to writing fiction, I can see both of these influencing every page I write.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing for pleasure at about the age of eight.
Published 2015-01-08.
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Will Be Told
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 108,890. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Will Be Told is an action adventure novel, set in the allegorical world of An Terra, where a year is 900 days long, and a brontoburgersaurus is the largest land animal. It follows the adventures of Officers Wilder "Guppy" Mc Urphy and his partner, Davitt "Darken" Smyler as they seek to bring "him call-ed by some 'Colonel Badde'" to justice.
Table Talks: Unanswered Questions
Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 23,400. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Theology / Apologetics, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Education / Adult
A series of answers to questions regarding Christian Apologetics, taken with the intention of being answered one at a time in a live meeting of young adults. Contained in this book are several questions that had not been answered before. This is the first of what is foreseen as a series.
Truth, Like A Fairytale,
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 112,130. Language: American English. Published: December 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
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Truth Like A Fairytale is set in the Allegorical country of Merica, where Wilder "Guppy" McUrphy is a kop in The City. He and his partner Davitt "Darken" Smyler become involved with the Merican Army, the "Grandaddies", the Discus Anterrum Society ("DAS"), and a host of other eccentric characters (historical and modern) as they seek to bring "him call-ed by some 'Colonel Badde'" to justice.