Author Q+A: Oliver Phipps of “A Tempest Soul”

What inspired you on this book?

Tempest Soul actually started out as something quiet different. The original inspiration is a story that I’m working on now and hope to publish in 2017. What happened with this story is, I developed the main character, and then as I was moving her into the plot, the story took off in a direction of its own. So, fortunately for me, I followed the main character (Gina/Serena), and she led me through her fantastic tale.

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Why did you want to become a writer?

I’ve always been interested in writing. Initially however I was more interested in a music career. After ten years or so of struggling in that industry, I realized there were many other ways to express artistic impulses. I had already begun writing short stories and a few articles before getting out of the music business and as time went by, I became aware that I was much better suited for the path of an author.

I still enjoy music however and at some point in the future plan to do more in that area, on a smaller scale though.

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What was the hardest part of creating this book?

The most difficult part in creating this novel was the initial editing. I’m a storyteller and often storytellers are not great editors. I always try to clean my work up as much as possible before sending it to an editor. This part can really slow everything down for me. I love the “creating” and dread the seemingly endless polishing. After the second round of polishing, I’m ready to move on. But, a manuscript requires a lot of cleaning before it’s ready for the real editors, and that’s the most difficult part for me.

What do you hope people gain from reading it?

I hope people will gain optimism and fortitude from A Tempest Soul. I believe we can overcome obstacles that may initially seem impossible. I feel we can also rise to heights that we would have difficulty imagining, if we just have some confidence in ourself and work hard.

When you were a kid, what were your favorite books?

The first books that I loved would be, The Lord of the Rings trilogy. These are time tested classics to be sure. As a teen reading them, I really didn’t appreciate the magnitude of the author’s accomplishment. It was simply entertainment. Now however, I can appreciate the genius of J.R.R. Tolkien’s work. So, I was impressed initially by the entertainment value, and then impressed again by the artistic value. I suppose that’s the natural order though. Great works of art are generally multi-dimensional and timeless.

What is your advice to people who are not excited about reading?

I would suggest they go to the library and find a book in their genre of choice. It would be best to pick one that they haven’t already seen as a movie. Set a goal of reading at least one or two books. Then, if they’re still not interested in reading, maybe it’s simply not for them. Everyone should give reading a fair chance though, in my opinion. And, if people give reading a chance, I believe most will discover the magic within the pages.

Why should we buy your book?

Well, I’m not a salesman and I won’t try to sell it with slick words. But, A Tempest Soul is a number one best-seller and has remained in the top ten all year. So it’s a very popular story.

I would suggest that anyone interested read the first chapter or so, on Amazon’s preview option. I feel that’s a great opportunity to check out the book before buying it. If they enjoy the first chapter, then they’ll most likely enjoy the entire story.

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