Interview with Phillip C Wright

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. As a small boy, I was constantly making up stories, creating characters and entertaining my friends with my lively imagination. I have always been a people watcher; I like to see how people react to the world around them, everything from people in the grocery store, at the airport, in the mall or walking down the street. My father moved our family from house-to-house, town-to-town and eventually state-to-state over twenty times during my childhood. This constant moving made it difficult to make life-long friendships and it made it nearly impossible to ever feel planted. I found that story telling helped me to create a life with stability; it gave me control over my own destiny.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing down my stories when I was in the 9th grade. I remember our drama teacher told us about a new technology called videography and that she had been given permission by the school district to borrower a video camera. I wrote a short play called The Villain Strikes Again. It was a five minute black and white comedy bit based on the old Dudly Doright series. I still have the video and one day will post it to Youtube. I wrote my first short story as a junior in high school. The title of the story was, Murder On Terobicombobicavitzcavatzcaloby Island. I know, a long and stupid title, but hey, I was a 16 year old and it was an English class assignment.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Not Without Mercy The Black Death is the story of a man who essentially saves his family form the Black Plague of 1348 in Bristol, England. It is going to be a trilogy. Book one is over 500 pages and I anticipate that the next two will also be around the 500 page mark. I dreamed the story years ago and could never get it out of my head; every now and then, it would crop back in. When I finally decided to write it down I was barraged by all of the characters appearing to me in new dreams. It was an incredible experience that began as a historical fiction, but for me, became much more than fiction.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have written other books but haven't published them. I also wrote and produced many television and radio commercials and full length video productions, many of which earned me industry awards such as Tellys and Silver Microphone Awards. But these works were for clients, they were not for me. When I was nearly finished writing book one of the Not Without Mercy series I realized that I could never let a publisher take ownership of my story. I have many successful author friends who lament the day the signed book publishing deals and lost the rights to their work. I didn't care if my story sold a million copies or a hundred, I just wanted to finish it and get it out there. I have been extremely happy at the results of my work and the great numbers of readers I have earned with my first book. The best part is that I own 100% of the rights to my books and the story, and I can tell it like I want to and they way my characters want me to. I'm not beholden to anyone.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is one of the best conduits for self-published authors. It allows us to be seen and read. I have read many books by traditional publishers that paled in comparison to some of the indie-authors I've read,. There are thousands of wonderful story tellers out there and I hope that most will discover the possibilities they have with Smashwords.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is the ability to leave my life and enter into another world where I control what happens in every aspect of its reality. It allows me to look deep within my soul and create anything I want. I suppose some would call it a God complex. Of course, I live in the present and I love my life and wouldn't trade it for anything I've written or will write about.
What do your fans mean to you?
I truly appreciate my fans. In fact, it is very humbling to have followers of your work. I am very grounded and down to earth. It is a wonderful feeling to write a story and have someone else tell you how reading it impacted or even changed their life. The worst thing about announcing that your new novel is book one in a series is constantly having readers asking when the next book is coming out! I am writing the next book as fast as I can, but my readers seem to devour my 500 plus page novels like pamphlets.
What are you working on next?
After completing book two The Passage Home, in the Not Without Mercy series, I am planning on writing another historical fiction called The Arm of The Flesh. It is the story of a Sanhedrin who's father becomes a follower of the new Messiah, a man called Jesus. It is a suspense thriller as well as a religious historical fiction about Christianity. I have two other books on my list that are both different and unique from anything else I've written. 2014 and 2015 are going to be very busy writing seasons for me.
Who are your favorite authors?
I like many books from many genera. I love history and historical fiction and non-fiction and I also like sci-fi and religious. I like authors like Ken Follett who is a master at medieval story telling and James Patterson and John Grisham who are wonderful with character development and setting the scene. I love books that are not overdone with tedious detail, but that focus on the story, the dialog and the characters. I like it when the author gives enough to create the setting, tell the story and then let me as the reader, fill in the smaller details.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I have been married to the same wonderful woman since 1982, Shaun. She is the love of my life. Together, we have brought seven children into this world, and so far, they have given us six grandchildren. I have incredible friends and business associates, and I am blessed to live in the United States of America. God has been good to me and I want to show my love for him and all that he has given me by using the talents he's blessed me with . Each day is a new gift and I look forward to unwrapping it!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I am not writing I spend a lot of time with my family. I also enjoy physical labor such as improving my home and yard. I am a religious person and am active in my church. I also volunteer in my community.
Published 2014-01-27.
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Books by This Author

Not Without Mercy The Black Death
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 173,020. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval, Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
Not Without Mercy The Black Death, is book one in the Not Without Mercy series. It is the story of a family that survived the Black Death of 1348 in Bristol England. This gripping and suspenseful adventure is about Faith, Family, Love, Courage, Hope and Redemption.