Interview with Phil Latham

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Absolutely, because it got me in terrible trouble. It was in fifth grade and it was a short story about how Me, Myself and I got into an argument. My teacher sent it home with a note and my father thought I was crazy. It was a while before I tried to write after that.
What is your writing process?
First is relaxing in some way. Then, because I am a writer of Christian novels, I say a short prayer asking for the wisdom to get it right.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No, there were too many of all sorts of varieties and, in some way or another, everything I read had an impact on me. Fortunately, my father was a reader and frequently took us to the library.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I don't know that I can fully answer this because my favorites change constantly, but I can give you five GREAT books if you haven't read. The "why" would be that each of them tell a great story beautifully.

1. Sophie's Choice, by William Styron. Yes, you've probably seen the movie, which was good, but the book will move you even more.
2. Beloved, by Toni Morrison. If there is a more powerful book out there I cannot think of it right now.
3. As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner. The most approachable of all Faulkner's books in my mind.
4. What is the What by Dave Eggers. Must read.
5. Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott, my favorite Christian writer
Published 2014-11-29.
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