Saturday, June 18, 2011

Up Close & Personal with Author Dale Phillips - A Memory Of Grief

Where were you born and where do you call home? The state of Maine is my home, though I was born in other parts of New England and was moved around for a few years. I'm in exile now, though.

What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 20 or less words, what would you say? A Memory of Grief tells of troubled ex-con Zack Taylor, who must find the truth about his murdered friend.

If you gave some of your characters an opportunity to speak for themselves, what would they say? For Zack, it depends on the company and the situation. In action, he doesn't say much, but he reads a lot and might wax philosophical under the right conditions.

Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series? Yes, lots of books. The follow-up series book, A Fall From Grace, is due out this Fall, and more to come after that.

What or who inspired you to write? And how long have you been writing? Being a voracious reader, there were lots of inspirations in the many good writers I discovered. I've been writing for many years.

Do you gift books to readers for book reviews? Oh yes- we love our readers and reviewers! And Smashwords is a lovely and inexpensive way to distribute free copies.

How did you come up with the title and cover design? All the titles in the series are from literature- this one is from the Epic of Gilgamesh, the oldest recorded story we know. For the cover, my wife is a designer, and had the idea for a recurring cover theme for the series. It's spectacular, and perfectly captures the mood. You can get her work for your cover, too:

Have you based any of your characters on someone you know, or real events in your own life? Of course not. there are too many lawyers about.

What books have most influenced your writing most and why? A major influence is the Travis McGee series of John D. MacDonald. So good they make you weep.

Is there an Author that you would really like to meet? Have met lots of them, usually they're very nice. If you go to writer cons, you'll run into them. Would love to meet Salman Rushdie. Read his work, if you haven't. You'll see why.

Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover? Old School as I am, love the hardcover, but anything will do. I have to read, it's almost a disease.

Are you a self published (Indie) Author? My first book was put out by a startup indie publisher, Briona Glen, and this is their very first book. We figured if this made good, we could help other authors get launched. Wish us luck!

Have you ever read a book more than once? A few, but there's so many more to get to!

Is there a particular movie that you preferred over the book version? Two of them, of note: The Thirteenth Warrior, from Michael Crichton's Eaters of the Dead, and To Live and Die in L.A.

What book are you currently reading and in what format (electronic/paperback/hardcover)? Moonwalking With Einstein, hardcover.

What book do you know that you will never read? Anything by Thomas Pynchon. I've tried, and I'm game, but come on! I mean, I'm even tackling Finnegan's Wake, out of duty.

Are there any new Authors that have grasped your interest and why? Debbi Mack, of course, with Least Wanted and Identity Crisis. Good, tough hardboiled action from a new writer, and her books have climbed the charts. And just found Barry Eisler, from J.A. Konrath's blog. Read the first of his, and want more.

Is there anything you would change in your last book and why? Not really. I spent a long time trying to make it as good as I could. Recently proofed it, and think it stands up well.

Who designed the cover of your book? Sorry to repeat, but for the cover, my wife is a designer, and had the idea for a recurring cover theme for the series. It's spectacular, and perfectly captures the mood. You can get her work for your cover, too:

Do you have a book trailer? Not yet, but I'd like to do one.

What are your thoughts on book trailers? Interesting new concept, and I'd like to see if it works.

Do you have any advice for other writers? Work hard, write well, keep going, and have something to say.

What is the best advice that you have ever been given when it comes to writing? Never give up if you have something to say.

Do you write under a pen name? No, but have considered it for some upcoming horror novels.

Cats or dogs? Sorry, fur allergy, so no.

Where can your readers follow you?

My blog:

Goodreads author page: Dale Phillips

Twitter: DalePhillips2

Smashwords: Dale Phillips, Dale T Phillips

Is your book in Print, ebook or both? ebook now, print-- any day now!

Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview with me and allowing us a glimpse into your writing word.

I hope you share this interview with your friends so we can all get to know you a little better. Patti

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