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Phill Featherstone

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Phill lives in West Yorkshire, England, a few miles from the village of Haworth, where his heroines, the Brontë sisters, lived and wrote. His first novel, Paradise Girl, is set in these same northern hills where, amidst the majestic beauty of the rolling moors, a lone young woman faces a bleak future. His second novel, The God Jar, is a tale of magic and mystery which straddles 16th century Europe and 20th century urban England. He’s now working on a sequel to Paradise Girl.
Phill, who is a former teacher, has also co-written more than a dozen books of activities for young children.
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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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A regular discussion among writers is about the best approach to the long and sometimes daunting business of writing a novel. When you sit staring at the blank sheet or screen with 70,000 words ahead of you, what do you do?

Some say that best route is to plan everything very carefully. Stephen King and Dan Brown are reputed to be writers who do this, and there are many others. They are the plann... 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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‘The Other’ is an easy book. I don’t mean that rudely - it’s well written, goes at a good pace and is very readable. What I mean is that it’s short, the plot is simple and the characterisation straightforward. That makes it a good read for when you w ...more
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I expected Storm Clouds Gathering to be about the build-up to the war, but it’s not. It’s set in the 1960s, and features three couples: Anne and Paul, teachers engaged to be married; Kathleen and Joe, a devoted couple with two children at Anne’s scho ...more
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