Interview with novelist Philip Wilson

Author Philip
is here today and we’re chatting a bit about his new women’s fiction
book, Songs for Lucy.

During his
virtual book tour,
Philip will be awarding a signed paperback
copy of the book to a randomly drawn winner. To be entered for a chance to win,
use the form below. To increase your
chances of winning, feel free to visit
his other tour stops
and enter there, too.

Philip Wilson is a retired financial executive
who spends winters in Florida and summers sailing on the Great Lakes in his
32-foot sailboat. Songs for Lucy is his second book. His first, The Librarian,
was rated one of the best reviewed books of 2017 by IndieReader and featured in
the Huffington Post. 

Welcome, Philip. Please share a bit about your current

Allison has just graduated from university and is about to start law
school. She has a promising life ahead of her and dreams of a successful law
career, marriage, kids and a house with a backyard big enough to build a tennis
court. When headaches force her to the doctor, she is diagnosed with brain
cancer and given three months to live. Faced with the loss of her dreams and an
uncertain future, Allison contemplates ending it all, but gradually builds a
new life, finds love and a renewed sense of purpose.

What inspired you to write this book?
My first book, The Librarian,
was a revenge thriller. It’s getting great reviews and was featured by the
Huffington Post as one of the best Indie books in 2017. It would have been
easier to try another in the same genre that could appeal more directly those
who enjoyed The Librarian. However, I
wanted to try something different – more character-driven, emotive and
hopefully more inspirational. In considering possible plots, the story of a
talented young woman struck down in the prime of life with a terminal disease
seemed to provide a good start.
Excerpt from Songs
for Lucy:
Doctor Mackay spoke for
the first time. “Allie, I’ve known you since you were a kid,” he began sadly.
“You’re a fighter. Your first reaction is to look for other options, to refuse
to accept defeat. But — both Doctors Smythe and Graham are experts in their fields.
They’ve conferred with some of the leading oncologists at Johns Hopkins, the
Cleveland Clinic, and others; and the response has been unanimous and
unequivocal. If I thought there was the remotest chance that something might
work, I’d say go for it. You’re young, healthy, and should have your whole life
ahead of you. But I just don’t believe there are any legitimate realistic
treatment options out there, and I don’t want you spending your remaining time
chasing false hopes, only to be disappointed. I’m so terribly sorry.”
            Allison looked at him, hearing the pain in his voice and
seeing the anguish in his face. Doctor Mackay had known her since she was a
baby. He’d watched her grow up; he had been close friends with her father. Now
he was telling her she was going to die – and it was tearing him apart.
            “How long do I have?” Allison asked quietly.
            “Each case is different,” Doctor Graham replied. “We’d
estimate two months. Could be one, conceivably three. We’ll prescribe
corticosteroids which reduce the swelling around the tumors. This should also
reduce the headaches and any drowsiness you’ve been feeling. You will probably
feel fine for a month or so.”
            “And then?”
            “The headaches and nausea will eventually recur, and will
increase in frequency and severity. All we’ll be able to do then is treat the
What exciting story are you working on next?
I’ve started a third novel which is more similar in genre to The Librarian. It is about a young
Syrian woman who is orphaned during the recent Syrian civil war who goes to
work for the CIA in the Middle East, first as an interpreter, then as a spy and
ultimately as an assassin. She becomes one of the most successful and prolific
assassins on the CIA payroll, but eventually realizes she can’t do it forever.
She finally gives it up and moves to New York to pursue a legal career, but
still finds the occasional need to fall back on her old skills.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I don’t – at least not yet. After a career in finance (specifically mathematics),
I find writing fun – definitely beats reading and offers more control over the
characters and plot. I’ve been very gratified by the positive response and my
focus is mainly to keep enjoying the writing process.
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s your work day like? If not, what
do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
I write only 2-3 hours a day, and many days not at all. Apart from that
I still do some financial work, I sail, play tennis and generally enjoy
retirement. (I should have retired at twenty.)
What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?
incorporated my favourite drink – Talisker, a brand of single malt scotch, into
naming elements in both The Librarian and
Songs for Lucy.
Thank you for joining me today, Philip.

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4 thoughts on “Interview with novelist Philip Wilson

  1. Philip Wilson says:

    Hi Lisa, Tks for hosting. Look forward to any questions or comments. Will check in throughout the day.
    Philip Wilson

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