Pre-Interview: Phil Stephens is a graduate of Indiana University and resides in southern Indiana with his wife, Marie. He has a passion for writing. His first novel, The Altar Boy, won an International Publishers Award in 2016. It garnished scores of high ratings on Amazon where it has done well. His second novel, At the Edge of The Stairs is now out on Amazon and in local bookstores. It is the story of a young couple about to get married when the woman is killed in an auto accident. As she lay dying in her fiancé's arms, she vows to him she'll reincarnate herself and return to him. Twenty-Three years later, she does.
Author Writer Interview Questions 1.What inspires you most to write? I love to write period. What inspires me are the thoughts swirling around in my head about things beyond day-to-day life. I get inspired sometimes about things I know nothing about...then writing about them is a learning process for me. I want people think three dimensional about life. If the topic intrigues me well then, if I tell it the right way, hopefully it intrigues my readers. 2. What is your favorite genre? Historical, romance and horror. 3. Who is one author you admire if any and why? Stephen King because he puts his personal experiences into his novels. I like that. 4. How do you overcome blank writing spells? I sit and daydream and daydream some more.... somehow that snaps me back to the topic at hand. 5. What legal publishing advice can you give? Never use someone else's words no matter how tempting it is. Be creative and be yourself in your writing. 6. How many books have you written, are any a bestseller yet? Two books thus far. The Altar Boy, my first, touched "best seller" status for a couple of weeks on Amazon. My second one that is just coming out is called, At the Edge of The Stairs. It's a paranormal romance. I am working on a third book, The Dark Side of The Mirror. This is a romance of sorts too.
7. If you had the opportunity to rewrite one movie script which would it be, why? There have been several movies I've seen that started out great and even captivating until the end. BUT then, the actual endings were so bad it ruined the entire movie. I would re-write their endings. The ending can make or break any movie. It must be relevant to the story and have a clear summary message. 8. What are some difficulties you've experienced in your writing career; how do you handle book critiques/criticism? I didn't pay enough attention to the edit on my first book and it cost me some good reviews on Amazon. So that is what I pay attention the most now. 9. What are your best experiences in your writing career? Book signings at Barnes & Noble. I love engaging the public on my writing. 10. Do you prefer to write in silence and or have some sort sound in the background? I write to New Age Music, quartz and candle lighting and relaxing herbs. 11. What are some encouraging words you'd give to another author/writer? Don't wait. Start NOW. Pick a subject you're passionate about, research it and go for it. Your writing will be more creative if it's something you're genuinely interested in. Don't fake it. Start with a good title that really emotes the spirit of the story and all else will fall in place. Also make sure when your draft is done to get it professionally edited. It makes a huge different in the quality of the final work. 12. How did you decide the pricing of your material; how did you go about promotion/advertising and distribution of your work? I look at books with similar page counts and price comparatively. I promote as much as my budget will allow. I use Twitter and Amazon the most. The more reviews you can garner the better. I also use the Independent Author Network and the Rave Reviews Book Club. They both are great at promoting indie authors. 13. Why should anyone read your book? I write about stories that make a person THINK. I write about stories that have a defined MESSAGE. I want you to have a new "take away" from whatever book of mine you read. I want you to learn something new and be entertained at the same time! 14. Did you have a book coach? Nope, just me. 15. What was your favorite subject in school? History 16. Are you self-published or have an established publishing contract elsewhere? My first book was self-published, but my second book was picked up by Pen It Publications.