Happy Thursday everyone! Today I’m interviewing Phil Price, author of His Dark Shadow as part of the blog tour.
Many thanks to Zoë O’Farrell of Spellbound Books and Zooloo’s Book Tours for inviting me on the blog tour and to Phil for answering my questions.
Losing a child is every parent’s worst nightmare.
But the way they were taken just compounds his agony.
Mike never expected to be in this situation.
He never expected the endless torment that plagued his days and invaded his dreams.
Moving back to his childhood home within a sleepy Shropshire village, Mike hopes to rebuild his shattered life.
However, shadowy figures lie in wait, watching, waiting to see him burn.
Has he forgotten what secrets the past still holds?
He cannot run forever.
1. In 10 words or less, describe your book?
Author loses his family, and suffers horrific domestic abuse.
2. Where did the inspiration for your book come from?
I’m not entirely sure. I had the idea floating around in my head a few years ago and it kinda went from there. It’s a very tough subject to write about. I mean, domestic abuse against men isn’t really talked about, so I thought it would be an interesting book to write. It sure was…
3. Talk us through a typical day for you?
Well, I wake at 6am. I then spend an hour on the sofa, drinking tea and catching up on social media and the headlines. Then, we get the boys ready for school before I begin work in the crazy world of health and safety. After tea, I try and do a spot of writing, unless I’m at martial arts etc. See, writing books is not a fun as people think. Although, it is sometimes…
4. What sort of books do you read and what are you reading at the moment?
I recently started Hiding in Plain Sight by Eoghan Egan. Love how the book started. I read anything that takes my fancy. From horror, to romance, with a good helping of thrillers thrown into the mix. I don’t have a go-to genre that I stick to.
5. Can you share anything about your work in progress?
Well, it’s the sequel to Ashes of Innocence. It’s a bit of a cat and mouse thriller, set in Europe and Africa. That’s all I can say for now as I’m just over halfway through it. Expect murder and mayhem…
6. Who reads your first draft?
My publisher. Then they send it back with plenty of errors and things for me to think about. In the old days, I used to send it out to my book page for feedback. They were too kind to me back then…
7. Just for fun: what would your Mastermind subject be?
Either capitals of the world or Star Wars. I’m a bit of a nerd…
Thanks Phil for answering my questions
Who Is Phil Price?
Phil Price was born in Sutton Coldfield in 1974. He lived in various places in the UK until his family settled in Rednal, a suburb on the outskirts of Birmingham in 1979. Growing up with an older brother and sister, he always flirted with reading, his home always littered with books. Then in 1997, Phil embarked on a travel expedition that took him from Greece to Thailand, via East and Southern Africa. Sitting in dusty bus stations in Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi with Wilbur Smith and James Herbert accompanying him, his imagination was sparked into life. Since those far-off days, he has never been without a book to read.
Phil started toying with the idea of writing a book in 2009. After writing a few short stories, he caught a whiff of an idea in his head. It started to evolve in 2010 until he had enough to begin his writing journey. Marriage and two children came along, with the story being moved to the back burner for periods of time. However, during those periods of writing inactivity, the story continued to manifest until it just needed one thing. To be written down.
The story was littered with places that had influenced Phil’s life. From the Lickey Hills in Birmingham to the Amatola Mountains in South Africa, with other many other locations, in-between and far beyond.
The book was finished sometime in 2014, left on his computer until a chance conversation with an author friend made Phil take the bold step to publish his story, Unknown.
From there, Phil’s love for the first book spurred him on, creating The Forsaken Series. A vampire/paranormal/horror trilogy, set in our world, and others too. His love of horror and all things supernatural, inspired by authors such as King, Herbert and others, helped create the epic series.
After writing a science fiction novel, titled Zoo, Phil released his first psychological thriller, Ashes of Innocence, a story that he’d kept bubbling away for many years.
Aside from his writing, Phil lives on the edge of a small town in Worcestershire, UK. A wife and two sons keep Phil happily occupied as he steers his way through life, playing the husband, dad and world creator in equal measure.
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