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Originally from Australia, Ms. Chrys Phillips is a prolific author and novelist of best-selling and award nominated book series Magic Wars. The first edition book sold out internationally worldwide and since the release of the second edition, this much loved series has been adapted for the TV/movie screen!

Ms. Phillips is also a successful playwright with many of her plays being performed in full-scale theater and musical productions. When not writing her books, theatre scripts and developing her book/movie series, she can be found on the coastal Los Angeles beaches, public speaking and travelling the globe.

Interview with Chrys Phillips

Did you want to be a writer when you were little?

When I was younger, I wanted to be an actress or a writer.

Which deceased author would you most like to take out to dinner?

I would like to go to dinner with Jane Austin to talk about her famous novel Pride and Prejudice as it was written on her own love life. She is a brilliant writer!

If you had a book club, what would it be reading and why?

If I had a book club it would be open to any genre the members nominated the books for. I don’t just think that best-sellers and certain genres are the only books to read, sometimes biographies and even graphic novels can be a great literary journey!

What is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your writing career?

Being an Australian writer, I found that Australian publishers wanted me to write about ‘Australiana.’ The challenge there was to stick with what I was passionate about and meet with a publisher in the USA that loved my stories.

What is the best writing advice you've ever been given?

I read this article once that world best-selling author Bryce Courtney (The Power of One is one of his books) which said: "If you as a writer concentrate only on constructing the perfect grammatical sentence, you will lose the essence of your creativity." In other words, a writer should be passionate about story-telling, not editing. 

Do you ever base characters on real people you have known?

Any artist, whether a songwriter or a painter, creates from imagination and experience. No one of my characters is based on a real person, but some of their feelings and experiences can be drawn by my own experiences in life.

What is one of your favorite opening lines of a novel?

The rain had washed the black asphalt roads of Lakeview and the moonlight glistened on the droplets of water that sprinkled over View Road... 

I love this opening line as it paints a picture of where you are instantly! I like books that take you into the story straight away! This book is They’re Gathering, the second book in my MAGIC WARS Book Series!

Do you believe it is important for authors to have a strong online presence?

Yes, I do believe it is important in this generation for authors to have a strong online presence, and even so, remember you can follow me on Twitter! Haha!

If you could be any character in fiction, who would you be?

If I could be any character in literature fiction, it would be a superhero! Someone like Wonder Woman or Cat Woman!

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