Short, Sharp Interview: J D Phillips

jd phillipsPDB: What’s going on now?

My latest novel From Ashes just came out a couple weeks ago through WTF Books. It’s easily the darkest scariest thing I’ve done to date.

PDB: How did you research this book?

I have a psych degree and work in mental health so I see and read
about the best and worst in people everyday. The story came about
because I binged on shows like Wicked Attractions and Deadly Women plus shows featuring survivor stories. I guess I researched before I even knew I had a story to tell.

PDB: Which of your publications are you most proud of?

I’m proud of each of them for different reasons. Tainted broke down a
lot of barriers and gave me confidence to keep publishing. I feel like
From Ashes took me and my writing to another level though so I’m also
proud of that. I finished it in three weeks because taking a break
made me anxious.

PDB: What’s your favourite film/ book/ song/ television programme?

I don’t have just one. Everything depends on the novel I’m working on
at the time. I make book soundtracks and watch shows that in some way
keep me in the right frame of mind. For this one it was the shows I
listed above. I listened to a lot of Mogwai and Dir En Grey otherwise.

My favorite books never change. It’ll always be The Picture of Dorian
Grey by Oscar Wilde with Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House
close behind.

PDB: Is location important to your writing?

Not really. I rarely name specific locations in my stories and I can
write pretty much anywhere if a story is talking to me. I still do
first drafts by hand so it’s easy to keep them with me.

PDB: How often do you check your Amazon rankings?

Never. I will check to see if reviews are posted because I like to
know if my work hit its mark with readers but I don’t look at the

PDB: What’s next?

I don’t have anything else confirmed for publishing just yet but there
is a follow up to From Ashes I plan to have released.

Bio:JD Phillips was first published in the IUPUC literary magazine
Literalines. She started her publishing career by self publishing. Her
novel Tainted placed 1st Runner Up in the Best Fiction Books of
Indiana awards while The Dead Pool scored an honorable mention at the
New York book festival.

Her novella In the Calm was picked up by Angelic Knight press last
year and Tainted was updated and published through WTF Books in early
2014. From Ashes, also through WTF Books, is currently out now.

JD resides in the Midwest where her time is spent scaring people and
caring for her furry children.

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