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Phil Parker

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Phil Parker used to be an English and Drama teacher but now lives in a fantasy world with occasional forays into the real one. Teaching can do that to you.
Now he loves writing, eating pizza and visiting Italy (mainly for the pizza).

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The Knights' Protocol is his first self-published work of fiction, a dark fantasy based on Arthurian legend and Celtic mythology with a few faeries for good measure.
He's also written three books for the education market and wrote a regular monthly column in a national education magazine for three years. There weren't any faeries in these though.

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Phil Parker After six months of work on a YA novel, I've filed it away in a dark corner because I wasn't happy with it and didn't know why. More to the point, I…moreAfter six months of work on a YA novel, I've filed it away in a dark corner because I wasn't happy with it and didn't know why. More to the point, I wasn't enjoying it either, the exercise was turning into a chore - and who wants that happening eh?
So I've just started work on a new project which is different to anything else I've done, a fantasy detective novel. I'm temporarily working on the tagline - 'The story Raymond Chandler would have told if he'd believed in fairies.' We'll see where it goes!(less)
Phil Parker I've answered this question because I'm currently suffering from it!
I'm calling it Writer's Block because I can't get enthused about what I'm working…more
I've answered this question because I'm currently suffering from it!
I'm calling it Writer's Block because I can't get enthused about what I'm working on currently. That tells me something is wrong - I just can't work out what it is. Irritating!
In the past I've stepped back from the story to get some objectivity. That usually works because then I can see the problem my instincts were screaming about.
I've also written around the story - written short stories that are linked to a specific character or situation. This is very helpful. I've found it deepens the characterisation, makes them become real, helps me grasp their motives, relationships, values etc. It's good fun too. Often the short stories give me inspiration to find a new "way in" to the blockage, or a way around it.
Pounding your head against the computer screen is not recommended. You get headaches. (And damaged screens.)(less)
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Challenging stereotypes in fantasy

I've had several people tell me, after reading The Knights' Protocol, they pleased so many of my characters challenge traditional stereotypes.

One of the greatest compliments I have been given in that all my female characters are strong women, in one form or another.

Here's my thoughts on the subject:
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