Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Oliver Phipps

Pictured: Oliver Phipps

Location:     U.S.A

Question: How long have you been writing?

I wrote a story when I was ten years old. My mother still has it and I vaguely remember it. She says it's really good but I think that's just the mother in her talking. At any rate, I've been writing stories since the age of ten.

Question: What was the name of the first book you ever published, and when was it published?

The first book I published was an information book and I published it in 2004. I'll not mention the name though. The information was good but I did the editing myself and that was a mistake. I'm proud of it for the fact that it gave me confidence to move forward and it was an exceptional learning experience. But it wasn't polished nearly enough.

Question: Was this book published by a publisher; or did you self-publish?

I published it myself.

Question: Tell our readers about this very first book. (For example: What was the inspiration for writing it, and what was it about)?

Hmm, this is a bit of ancient history but I'll tell a little. It was about auctions and information in regards to getting into the auction business without losing your shirt. I was actually in the resale and auction business for a while and did fairly well.

As I mentioned before though, I feel the information was good and helpful but it was my first attempt at a book, so beware of the editing if you ever come across it.

Question: Can a person still buy this book? If so, where?

Oh my, you really want to get to the root of things don't you? I respect that, but no more questions about the first book after this one, please...

I think you can still buy my first book from a few independent publishers. I still get some royalties from time to time. I pulled it from the bigger publisher’s years ago though and I've been meaning to pull it completely off the market until I can redo it.

Question: How many total books have you published?

I’ve published ten books altogether.

I've published eight fiction books and several non-fiction books, one under a pen name.

Question: List all of your titles (optional)

My fiction titles are:

Ghosts of Company K
The House on Cooper Lane
Tears of Abandon
Twelve Minutes till Midnight
Bane of the Innocent
Diver Creed Station
A Tempest Soul
Where the Strangers Live 

Question: Any future writing projects in the works? If so, tell us about it, and any pertinent dates to go with it.

I have two projects I hope to publish this year. One is a psychological / historical thriller. The other is the first book of a historical / action adventure trilogy.
Now, that being said, I've been known to put one project aside and bring another one up in its place. This may happen before the year is over. I have a project I've wanted to get back on for a while now and it's finally moved into a position that I may be able to do that. If this happens then the action/adventure will be on hold for a while and the last book of this year will be something of a nice surprise for fans of Diver Creed Station. That's all I'll say about that right now.

Question: What is the title of your current book, and tell us a little about it.

My current book is: "Where the Strangers Live". The setting is 2013, and a passenger plane has disappeared over the Indian Ocean. An unmanned sensor pod has detected a signal four miles down and a deep sea submersible is sent down in the hopes of it being the missing aircraft's black box. What the three crew members find is far from what they ever could have imagined. Mythological creatures and aliens collide in this deep sea sci-fi thriller.

Last question, if someone comes across this article and reads it, what would you like to tell them about why you think they should try reading your book or books? (Basically, what can you offer them in the way of information or entertainment)?

I believe there's something for everyone with my works. All of my titles have been on the bestseller lists, or are still on the bestseller lists. They've also received favorable reviews. But I think readers new to my work will find that I don't imitate other writers in order to sell books. I've seen a lot of very similar stories out there and I can't help but feel much of that is to cash in on the success of another writer's story more than anything else.

I write because I have stories to tell, not because I want to make money. Money is important; I have no misconceptions about that. But with me it will always be second to entertaining and hopefully bringing some adventure as well as a few smiles and laughs to others. That's the truth my friends.

Anything else you'd like to add that I didn't ask you, but you would like to share with our readers?

You can connect with me on Facebook by Clicking Here  

or my website at:  http://www.oliverphipps.com/

Blog Writer's Note to Author:  Your current book: "Where the Strangers Live" sounds like a very interesting book.  I'm a huge Sci-Fi fan, so I will definitely be checking out this book.  I also like the fact that you have a love for writing that goes beyond the money.  I'm alot like that myself.  I want to wish you the best with your future writing projects, and thank you for the interview.

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