Genre: YA Dystopian
The Rapture has occurred - the end of the world. The faithful have risen up to Heaven.
Those left behind are in a living hell. Armed only with his swords and his wit, a teenage boy
wanders this post-apocalyptic world alone, separated forever from everyone he loves. Cursed
by his demonic heritage, he must now embark on a quest that will take him across the US to
the City of Angels.
If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world.. which would it be?
The world of the Culture by Iain M. Banks. All the people live in a utopian society on ships or artificial worlds. The ships are run by Minds (like AI's but better). The humans basically have an ideal existence of indulgence and privilege with the ships running everything. The ships are almost omnipotent.
When you were little, what did you want to be when you "grew up"?
An archaeologist. I actually trained (I did my Masters and started my Doctorate) to be one thinking my life would be like Indiana Jones. Didn't quite work out that way.
Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
A little bit like Sam in my obsessiveness with all things martial but that's about as far as it goes.
What's one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Persevere. Practise, practise, practise. Write every day. You'll get better with time. Also develop a thick skin and be prepared to be rejected by several publishers/agents before you have any success.
Who are your favorite authors of all time?
Tolkien got me into fantasy so him of course. I absolutely love Jack Vance. Other favorites include Iain M. Banks, Peter F. Hamilton, Richard Morgan, China Mieville, Dan Simmons, Joe Haldeman and Julian May.
If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?
J. R. R. Tolkien.
Skittles or M&Ms?
Football (soccer). I'm a big fan of golf and fishing as well.
Action or Drama?
Action. I grew up watching Arnold and Bruce Willis.
Phillip W. Simpson is an author of mostly children's books - both fiction and non-fiction.
As well as being a writer, he is an elementary school teacher. Career highlights include being in the
army, gaining a Masters in Archaeology, owning a comic shop, becoming obsessed with martial arts
and oriental weapons and turning down a job at the British museum.
His YA novel RAPTURE (the first in the Rapture trilogy) was released Sept 1st, 2011 by Pear Jam
books. RAPTURE is a dystopian/post-apocalyptic story about the end of the world featuring demons,
angels and a half demon protagonist caught in the middle. RAPTURE was shortlisted for the Sir Julius
Vogel award for best Youth novel.
Book 2, TRIBULATION, was released in December, 2012. The final book, APOCALYPSE, will be out
On a personal note, he is married to Rose, has a son (Jack) and two border terriers, Whiskey and
Raffles. He loves fishing, reading, football (soccer) and single malt Whiskeys.