Philip Fullman is an avid indoorsman who began making up stories in his head at an early age. Years later he finds himself unable to stop. A clinically diagnosed introvert, he can often be found staring off in to space with a cigar in one hand and a pen in the other. He should not be approached until he's had at least one cup of coffee.
What's the story behind your books?
Well, they're very different from each other. Tales is all about relationships in different stages. I read a collection of poems by Peter McWilliams in which he chronicles a relationship from first date to break up, and really enjoyed following the couples evolution. Though Tales isn't about just one person I did try to follow the stages. Maybe a Song doesn't really have a central theme, it's a collection of random thoughts, musings and ideas. Much lighter in tone. Funnier. There are several poems in the book about the writing process and muses. Hence the cover. I've always thought of my muse as a redhead.
So are all the stories in Tales from the Bottom of the Glass true?
Many of them are. In a lot of ways they're a first hand account of my relationships over the past 20 plus years. Even the poems that aren't about my personal experiences, I referenced emotions from my experiences, and tried to apply them to those situations. So there is an emotional truth to them. Hopefully that is something with which the reader can connect.
Philip Fullman’s Tales from the Bottom of the Glass is a collection of poems that originally appeared on wet bar napkins, match books, and any other scrap of paper he could get his hands on while he worked his way down to the bottom of another glass.
The stories are personal, but the experiences are universal.