Youre Not Alone 3d inamge (1)Today I’m welcoming Sally Ann Philips whom I’ve met through our work for “You’re Not Alone”, an anthology in aid of MacMillan Cancer Care. 

This interview is part of a series of blog posts to introduce my colleagues in this endeavour. The anthology is available for pre-order and will be released on July 11. 

Twenty-seven writers from around the world, including myself have entered an assortment of short stories for your pleasure, show your support by liking the new page on Facebook and expressing an interest in buying the book.

You’ll find the book on your Amazon for per-order via these links:

You’ll find the Facebook page here:

And here is the fund, in loving memory of Pamela Mary Winton

Tell us a little about yourself as writer and as person.sally2

I’m a wife, mother, and homemaker. I’ve been married 25 years, and have 2 grown up children and 1 granddaughter. I run the family home, and can be a little bit of a drill sergeant about how it’s looked after. When I’m not housekeeping I spend a lot of time walking my dog Cain, who’s a German shepard cross Husky, or on my laptop writing.

When I’m writing I’m a different person. I can be snappy when I’m on a role, and live a little inside my imagination and miss what’s going on around me. My children tell me often it’s like having two mums.

Tell us about your writing history. When was the first time you decided to write and when was the first time you did?

I’ve written, and published, 2 books now. They’re both part of the Angel’s Blood series. The first is named Angel’s Blood, and the second is Hybrid Justice.

I wanted to write for years, and always hoped that one day I would, but I never really found the time with 2 growing children. Then, almost 3 years ago, my family got together and bought me my first laptop. They’d been listening to me saying I wanted to write for years, so they bought me the very means to do so. I started the very same night they gave it to me.

Did anyone influence you / encourage you to become a writer?

No one really influenced me, or encouraged me to write, but my dad was the one that introduced me to books. Once I realised there was a whole new world within the pages I was hooked. So you could probably say he influenced me, and the encouragement came from reading all the books I’ve read to date.

When did you decide to write in your chosen genre(s) ?

I knew what genre I wanted to write the same time I knew I wanted to put pen to paper so to speak. From a very young age I’ve read as much of the genre as I can get my hands on, and I’m still doing so.

Tell us about the concept behind your books. How did you get the idea?

The concept behind my books was to get the story out of my head and onto paper, and hopefully read by like-minded people and enjoyed. The idea itself came from recurring dreams I’ve had throughout my life. They gave me a good solid basis for my books, and it almost feels like I’m writing about a friend.

What makes you laugh?tiny AB

Silly things make me laugh. Like my cat herding my dog who is at least 20 times the size of him. Or my granddaughter copying dances she sees on the Disney films she’s so fond of.

Who would you like to invite for dinner?

I’d have to say Jason Statham, just so I could sit there and look at him, and make a prize fool out of myself.

What song would you pick to go with your book?

The song I’d pick has more to do with the title than the actual song itself. It’s The Thunder Rolls by Garth Brooks. It always reminds me of my main character Tavi’s temper. I imagine it builds like rolling thunder, before she strikes like lightening.

What are you working on now? 

At the moment, besides the charity anthology, I’ve been working on book 3 in the series, along with something that started off as notes and an idea and has become more.

You have created great characters. Which one is your favourite?

I have 2 favourites. Of course Tavi is one, she’s gentle and honest, and a little lost, but when you get her temper up she blows sky high, and the girl seriously knows how to handle herself. The fact that she needs nobody to fight her battles for her is a great draw. The second is Mack, who’s a little lost himself, and feels a bit of an outsider even in his own Pack. Yet he’s a whole lot more, and has a hidden strength and moral code that would make any mother proud.

What do you like best about writing? What’s your least favourite thing? 

What I like about writing is getting it down in words and seeing it come alive, and of course having someone else read it and want to know how long it’ll be before they find out what happens next.sally2

What I least like is editing, I even call it the dreaded edit. By the time you get to the 4th or 5th time around, your eyes are seeing what should be there and not what is.

What is your advice to new writers? 

If you really want to write then never give up. Don’t write for the money, there isn’t any in it, but write for fun, even if you write for free. Do it because it makes you feel good, nothing else.

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