Friday, February 11, 2011

Question of the Day Featuring Michael Phillips

Angel Harp: A Novel

Question 9 of 25 with Michael Phillips

Thinking back, what was it like to see your debut novel in print? How many novels do you have published?

This may be difficult to believe, and actually I’m surprised myself by it. But I don’t have a vivid memory of it. If you had asked about my first book, then of course I was excited and elated and all that. But I had been writing for almost ten years before my first novel was published, and I had been editing the novels of George MacDonald for several years as well.

Every new book is exciting to see. Seeing the finished Angel Harp a few weeks ago was honestly as big a thrill as ever. You’ve put so much into a book that there really is a sense of fulfillment in seeing it all finally come together.

Keeping a count of my work is difficult. People ask how many books I’ve done and I say, in all honesty, I don’t know how many books I have published…it depends on what you mean.

I have co-written 14 novels with Judith Pella.

I have written something like 40 novels of my own.

Then there are the novels of George MacDonald which I edited, 18 of them.

And my non-fiction work is in another category altogether.

It is a little amazing to say all that. As I said before, I still think of myself as just a guy with a dream—to get a book published some day!

What made Michael choose his genre?  Find out tomorrow..

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