FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions – Phil Philips
Where were you born and what’s your background – Nationality?
I was born and raised in Sydney Australia and come from a Greek Cypriot background.
What is your profession, other than writing?
I come from a vast digital media background with over eighteen years as a Senior Graphic Designer working in the Advertising industry.
What other skills do you possess, other than writing?
I’m a Graphic Designer, Web Designer, CGI Artist, Video Editor, Photographer and I like to paint on Canvas with Oils, to name a few.
You can view some of my work here: My Creative Hand.
Why did you decide to write a book?
After sixteen years working for a large organisation, I was made redundant. The entire digital division closed down. I guess, I was searching for a creative outlet and decided to put my crazy ideas to paper.
Who inspired you to want to be an author?
Matthew Reilly was the one who inspired me. I met him a couple of times at book signings. I felt his books were easy to read and well-plotted, and I felt I could do this, and here we are.
Did you attend any Writers Courses?
I did a Thriller Workshop Course at the Sydney Writers Centre with author LA Larkin, which more than anything motivated me to want to write.
Why did you decide to Self Publish?
The book industry has changed so much. In my opinion, the P in publishing used to stand for Potential. Matthew Reilly’s first book Contest wasn’t the best book, but they took a chance on it and it paid off. That doesn’t happen anymore. P now stands for Profit. They want to know straight away how large your social media following is. Don’t get me wrong, if I was asked to get traditionally published I would say yes, but for now, I am happy to do everything on my own. It does help though, that I have a design background and the fact that I’m making more money than some of my traditional published friends puts a smile to my face.
Do you consider yourself a Literal Writer?
What’s that? lol … It’s funny when I get asked that question. I am definitely not a literal writer. To tell you the truth I don’t see myself as a writer at all. If I had told my high school English teacher I wanted to be a writer, he would have laughed in my face. I try and write like I’m in a scene in a movie. I absolutely love watching all types of movies and I appreciate when I see good cinematography and stories with a great plot. I want the reader to want to turn the pages, that’s my thought process. If he or she has stayed up during the night or missed a train stop because they couldn’t put it down, that’s when I have succeeded.
How many books have you written?
I have written two novels, Fortune in Blood & Mona Lisa’s Secret and the third one is on the way. Should be ready mid-2018.
How have people described your writing style?
Many, have said in the reviews that my writing is fast-paced like a Matthew Reilly book, which to me is the biggest compliment I could get. Dan Brown is also another I get compared to.
What is your ultimate goal?
To get my novels made into movies. That would be the ultimate dream. Only time will tell.
Which celebrity would you like to play the main characters in your books?
Leonardo DiCaprio would be perfect to play Joey Peruggia. If you’re reading this Leonardo give us a call. hehe
Who edits your Novels?
I have worked with fantastic editors such as Brianne Collins, who also has edited Matthew Reilly’s books and Alexandra Nahlous who was amazing to work with.
How have the novels been viewed by critics?
For the most part, it’s been very positive. Books are like art, you either like it or hate it and that’s okay everyone is entitled to their own opinion.
How deep do you do your research?
I do a tremendous amount of research and visit all the places in my novels to give them an authentic feel.
Who creates your amazing book trailers?
l do all my book trailers and I’m proud of each one.
How high in the Amazon rankings have you reached?
I have hit the #1 spot for Mona Lisa’s Secret in two categories, Historical Fiction & Mystery & Suspense.
Is there anything you can tell us about the book you are writing now?
All I can say is it takes place a year after Mona Lisa’s Secret and is based in Egypt. I’m a massive fan of Egypt, so I’m very excited to write about it. It’s going to be an Epic Fast-Paced Historical Thriller.
What is your single best accomplishment?
Other than my two children Alexander and Leonardo, I think it’s still to come.
Thank you for spending some time to get to know me a little. You can find and follow me on social media.