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Phill Featherstone

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I do things the wrong way round.
I got my teaching qualification before I took my degrees.
I gave up full-time work and moved to a bigger house instead of downsizing.
I began my writing career in my retirement rather than in the flush of youth.
Maybe my next novel I should start at the end and work towards the beginning.

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Phill Featherstone I've never experienced it - there's simply so much to write about. However, I do know that it's problem that strikes some people, and I think it might…moreI've never experienced it - there's simply so much to write about. However, I do know that it's problem that strikes some people, and I think it might be due to one or other of two things: a drying up of the imagination ('There's nothing new left to say') or a failure in confidence. Maybe for some it's both. For the first one, imagination, there are several things to try. Newspapers and magazines can be wonderful sources of plot and characters and can act as great stimuli. Another approach is to take an existing work by a writer you admire, and redo it. Change the time or location, or the gender of the main character(s), and go from there. It's not plagiarism because as you start to tell the story it will change and become your own. Besides, it worked for Shakespeare! And as has often been said, there are only seven basic plots.
The confidence problem is harder. You have to be pretty arrogant to pour out your words and expect people to give up their money and their time to read them. It's natural to sometimes doubt whether one's material is good enough. I don't think this is a bad thing. A little humility is helpful for a writer and part of the human condition, which after all is what we all write about.(less)
Phill Featherstone Good question! I think that every character an author creates is based on people they've known, but Kerryl, like many others, is an amalgam. In her…moreGood question! I think that every character an author creates is based on people they've known, but Kerryl, like many others, is an amalgam. In her there are elements of a number of people I know and have known, but she isn't any single one of them.(less)
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The novel is dead. Or so people have been saying for decades. In the pre- and post-war heyday of the silver screen it was the movies that were going to kill the novel. Then it was TV that was set to finish both the novel and the film industry. What these predictions failed to take into account was that both these media rely on being supplied with a constant stream of original stories, and novel... Read more of this blog post »
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Description: A highly infectious and incurable virus spreads worldwide. Seventeen-year-old Kerryl Shaw and her family live on a remote farm and think they will be safe, but the plague advances. Despite deaths around them, the Shaws survive. This changes when a stranger arrives, and it becomes clear he has brought the infection to their door. One by one the family fall sick. With her family and friends dead, Kerryl is alone. Kerryl is sure it’s only a matter of time before she, too, dies, so she decides to record what she thinks will be her final days in a diary. She imagines a reader and calls him Adam. As loneliness and isolation affect the balance of her mind, Adam becomes real to her. Things come to a head when Kerryl starts to receive texts. Who are they from? Adam? What does he want? Is he a threat? Kerryl finds out when she sets out to meet Adam on the moors.
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