Born 1943. I have had three careers – biology teacher, advertising features writer and chiropodist. Married with two children and two grandchildren, I live in West Sussex. UK.
I have always loved writing. When I helped my husband run a grocer shop I wrote humorous monthly articles for The Independent Grocer magazine.
I became the advertising features writer on the Worthing Herald and then the Portsmouth News where I was trained as a reporter and an editor.
I have taken an on-line creative writing course with Winged Halo and now run a writing group for the U3A and edit a biodiversity newsletter.
I am also a storyteller and have researched folk tales from many countries.
My published work includes various poems and short stories plus a book co-written with a friend on how to train budgerigars. Thirteen books of short stories and a book of poems have been self-published on Kindle.
Contacts through writing websites have enabled me to have the Kiya and the God of Chaos professionally edited and copy edited. The e-book is a compilation of a trilogy, which is available in hard-back version on Amazon
Hello Philippa, I would like to talk to you about Kiya and the God of Chaos. At 180,000 words, it is a long book.
Yes, it was originally a trilogy but I condensed it into a single book because I was anxious that people should read the whole story. The trouble with writing three separate books is that readers are easily lost between books and I didn’t want that to happen.
Before Kiya and the God of Chaos you were a short-story writer. What made you embark on such a big project?
Actually, the first book, “For Love of Anubis,” was inspired by a short story. I wrote it for a competition that wanted vampire stories set in ancient times. I didn’t win but I got a nice letter from the organisers, who loved the story but said that Anubis was a flesh eater and didn’t qualify as a vampire. The story ended when Kiya escaped from Anubis, but it got me thinking about what might have happened later.
Published: July 2, 2016.
Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Kiya and the God of Chaos is set in Ancient Egypt in an alternative universe where the immortal gods are real. The heroine is a beautiful Theban temple dancer named Kiya. She has the rare ability to sense the presence of gods and becomes involved in an epic struggle with Seth, the God of Chaos, with whom she has an unexpected connection.