1) Have you been writing for a long time?
Not very long, just . . . almost my whole life. When I was in grade school, I started writing plays and a family newspaper. My parents actually saved all those family newspapers, called the Brown Gazette. I wrote breaking news on events like the sudden death of our family parakeet. Later I wrote poetry and short stories. But my big goal, my dream, was always to write a novel.
2) What inspired you to start a writing career?
First, my parents inspired me with that early writing encouragement in the home. A couple of teachers I had in community college also made a huge difference in my life, and both inspired me to become a writer. One was an English teacher, and the other was a creative writing teacher. Being a writer is hard in some ways because your motivation comes so much from within, and as a result the ones who inspire us stand out even more.
3) Is this book a stand alone or part of a series?
Light Runner is Book One of a three-book series.
4) Why did you choose fantasy as a genre?
I’ve always loved the genre. I was obsessed with The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings when I was younger. I devoured them, read them two or three times. And long before that, James Thurber’s children’s fantasy The 13 Clocks transported me to another world. And before that,
my mother read me The Wizard of Oz series (the books that came after the one that got made into the movie classic) before I could even read. Also, I love the idea that fantasy can be connected to real life, but at the same time take us out of our own world.
5) Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Read a lot of books by good writers, not necessarily in your chosen genre. Learn everything you can about the craft of writing.
About the Book
Author: Philip Brown
Genre: YA Contemporary Fantasy
When a powerful healing armband—the Jyotisha—falls into the hands of a teenage girl, she’s thrust into a dangerous search for her father, the reasons behind her mother’s mysterious death, and the truth about herself.
Sixteen-year-old Dara Adengard would rather read graphic novels than do her homework and prefers the freedom of skateboarding to the restrictions of life with her military father. Stung by the recent death of her mother, Dara conceals her mom’s picture under a square of grip tape on her skateboard. But no matter how much Dara tries to keep a foothold on the past, she can’t ride away from her own destiny.
One evening, she discovers a silver and gold armlet with mysterious powers in the shadowy water of the swimming pool. Forged from an ancient meteorite metal, it possesses the power to heal or wound. When Dara holds it, it emits a light that seems to have been ignited by a star’s ray. Moments later, she is stunned to find that someone’s broken into her apartment, her father has vanished, and a dead body lies sprawled in the courtyard.
Evading the police, Dara escapes on a perilous quest for her father, begins to uncover her mother’s hidden past, and starts to realize the shocking truth about herself. Accompanied by a stray dog, Dara soars to sudden fame on the wings of a YouTube video that shows her using the Jyotisha to heal the handsome Diego of a gunshot wound. When the video goes viral, a famous TV talk show personality connects with her, and Dara is propelled from homeless runaway to worldwide sensation.
Philip Brown is the author of the YA contemporary fantasy novel, Light Runner. He previously wrote two astrology books, Cosmic Trends (published by Llewellyn Worldwide Publications and a finalist for the Coalition of Visionary Resources Award) and On the Cusp: Astrological Reflections from the Threshold. He also wrote for Dell Horoscope and The Mountain Astrologer. Light Runner, published by Strange Fictions Press (an imprint of Vagabondage Press), is his first novel.
Philip studied to become a Shakespearean actor in London, but a love of books and writing led him to become a high school English teacher.
He received his Master of Arts degree in English from California State University Los Angeles and lives in Southern California. He is a member of the International Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
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