It is with great pleasure I present an interview with one of my top five favourite authors from 2015, Sallyann Phillips author of Angel’s Blood and Hybrid Justice, from the Angel’s Blood series.
About the author
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I was born and raised in Swansea, South Wales, and still live in a little village just outside. I’ve been happily married for 25 years, am a mother of two, and a grandmother to a beautiful little girl.
What are your hobbies?
I read a substantial amount of books, which my local library can attest to, and my only other hobbies are, my writing, which now consists of two books that have been published, and walking my German shepherd / Husky Cain, who just happens to be named after one of my favourite TV programs main character.
Which writers inspire you?
Now that’s a tough one. I happen to have a little black book with my favourite authors, there are way too many to list them all, but a couple of my favourites are Laurell K. Hamilton, Christine Feehan, Sherillyn kenyon, and J. R. Ward. I bet you can see the connection there.
For your own reading, do you prefer e-books or paper/hard back books?
I have to admit to being a paperback lover. I have read a few on my kindle, but there’s something about turning paper pages, and the feel of holding a real book that a kindle just can’t match.
What are you reading at present?
At the moment I’m re-reading Christine Feehan’s Leopard people series. I’m currently working through Wild Rain.
What is your favourite book and why?
My Favourite is Asheron by Sherrily Kenyon. It’s one of her Dark Hunter series but one half is done of his old life, and the second of his new life. It wrenches the heart and really makes you feel his pain. I love a book that grabs you by the soul and shakes you up.
What is your favourite film/ series and why?
I don’t really have one in particular. I loved True Blood, all the NCIS/CSI detective series’, and I really enjoyed the Strike Back series. There doesn’t seem to be much of a pattern in what I like, and I’ve have been told I’m a little odd lol.
How do you relax?
Mostly with a book if I can find the time. I love a quiet house, a cup of coffee, and the ability to be transported somewhere else. Often at the expense of the heat of the coffee.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Write because you have to not to make money, there’s not a lot in this game and there are thousands of others competing for that one in a million chance of being the next millionaire best seller. But, that said, don’t give up. If you feel the need to write then write.
What made you realise your calling as an author?
Honestly it’s something I always wanted to do, but life got in the way. Now that I don’t have young children I have more time, so it gave me the opportunity to do something that I never thought I’d get to.
Where do your ideas come from, what inspires you?
With me it’s my dreams. The Angel’s Blood series is based on a wolf that’s been in my recurring dreams since I was a child. There was one time when I lost my Grandfather, my wolf (as I like to think of her) changed into a woman and spoke to me. I didn’t understand the language she used, but I did feel a lot better the next day. I still see her in my dreams now.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
The first one almost two and a half years, and the second just under two years. I have a feeling book three will take me longer as I now have a Granddaughter that suck up a lot of my time.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I did try to follow a plot, but my characters altered it from the get go. If I try to corral them they get grumpy and don’t talk to me. There’s been many a time that I’ve got to the end of a chapter and thought “How did that happen?”
What is the hardest thing about writing?
The editing! Oh how I hate editing. I edited so many times that I was seeing what should have been in front of me not what was. That was the worst bit for me.
What is the easiest thing about writing?
Watching it play out in your head. I’ve always been one that when I read I see the movie in my head, so for me writing is the same. I wouldn’t say no to faster fingers though, just so I could keep up when getting it down on paper, or laptop.
Do you ever get writer’s Block and if so, how do you deal with it?
Long walks. Let the wind blow the cobwebs away, and let my mind wander. Chocolate when I return helps, and Cain just loves the time out, so all in all a win win situation.
How many books have you written, which is your favourite?
Only the two so far, and I just can’t pick a favourite for love nor money. In the first I enjoyed meeting the characters. In the second I enjoyed seeing the strength build, the connections made, and the way they fight to the last to protect one and other.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m working on the third of the series. Sometimes I think it will be the last one, and other times I think there are so many other places to go it won’t all fit in one book. I guess I’ll let them tell me
About the books
What genre are your books?
Urban Fantasy I’ve been told, maybe even a little YA.
What book titles have you released so far?
- Angel’s Blood
- Hybrid Justice
Tell us a little bit about the series.
The Angel’s Blood series is about Tavi. She’s a werewolf/vampire hybrid with a little bit of a twist. She’s been taught from a young age that Packs are to be avoided at all cost, and loses her mother when she’s very young. Her father brings her up, and he was Special Forces. He trains her to fight, and with her added something extra she’s a force to be reckoned with. After suddenly finding herself in a town with a Pack she realises they aren’t all bad, until she meets the very Pack her mother ran from. After hearing what has been going on she decides she’s going to do something about it, and she has the backing of the Pack right along with her, but that’s before trouble comes looking for her and hurts one of her innocent new packmates. That’s when all hell breaks loose and they find out Tavi isn’t quite what she seems.
Where can we buy them?
They are both available on…
Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
Tavi changes into a werewolf as well as grows the fangs of a vampire, but she has the eyes of something else that makes her unstoppable.
Who is your favourite character and why? (an unfair question I know)
Oh heavens lol! I love each and every one, but I do have a soft spot for Mack. He doesn’t feel like he belongs, and a few in the pack make him believe it, but Tavi identifies with him and you see him grow throughout the books. I have to say I’m proud of him, silly I know, but he’s almost like another child of my own J
In what formats is your book available?
They are both available in Paperback, for the die hards like me, as well as on kindle for the new upcoming generation.
When is your next book due for release?
That I don’t know yet, but you can bet it will be as soon as I can make it so.
Book titles and synopsis:
Tavi Johns is a werewolf who’s never been part of a Pack, she’s only ever heard horror stories about their way of life from her mother who died when she was small.
When her human father died she thought she was alone in the world as she scrambled to stay hidden from any others of her own kind, and moved into a small town that unbeknown to her had a Pack of its own.
Can she trust them? Has she finally found a home? Can she fit in? And what will she do when the Alpha of the Pack from her mother’s past brings his violent way of life into her here and now?
Then she finds out she’s not exactly what she thought she was.
Tavi is settling into the Camden Falls Pack relatively easily, but Zack being missing is a big problem. She hasn’t seen him, or heard from him, since the day he left.
Something is very definitely wrong!
She can feel it!
Finally, things start to happen when a messenger arrives with word from Zack, but is then attacked before they can get to her. What Tavi hears has her rage erupting, and she decides it’s way past time they went after him.
What will they be facing? And who?
Tavi doesn’t care. She’ll go through whoever she has to, to get her friend back.
And nobody is going to stand in her way!
Connect with the author:
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00XKBQLU4
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sallyannphillipsauthor Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8420365.Sallyann_Phillips
1 thought on “An interview with author Sallyann Phillips”
Thank you KJ. I really enjoyed doing the interview with you, though now my characters are all grumpy I didn’t pick them as my favourite. I hope you had a wonderful new year, and 2016 makes all your dreams one true.