Recently, I’ve had the pleasure of reading Richard Phillips’s Once Dead’s rough draft. Judging from it, the latest Jack Gregory adventure is shaping up to be one exciting read. Phillips is one of my favorite trad authors and his series, The Rho Agenda, introduced me to high tech/thriller science fiction. With a bio that makes you wonder if he’s writing non-fiction, Phillips is one of the most influential science fiction authors and also one of the most popular authors today. The Rho Agenda series has more than two thousand 4 star reviews on Amazon and it is a must read if you like fast-paced action, alien technology, strong characters, international intrigue, domestic affairs gone wrong, and the hint of romance.
Mr. Phillips was gracious enough to answer my 8 questions.
1) When you were a kid you wanted to be…?
An astronaut or a cowboy, maybe a combination of both … something like Captain Malcolm Reynolds in Serenity.
What about a space opera novel in your future? As a fan of Firefly, I love the mention.
2) The first book you read was…?
Robert A. Heinlein’s ‘Have Spacesuit, Will Travel’.
3) You discovered you were quite good at writing when…?
I’m still working on that one. I love to read and try to learn from other authors whose novels I enjoy.
What a humbling attitude. New authors should learn from you.
4) As a reader, your favorite genre is…?
I have two: Sci-Fi and Thrillers.
I must admit, as a classic science fiction/space opera aficionado, I never cared for science fiction/thrillers before I read The Second Ship.
5) No, really, what’s that title you’re hiding in your kindle…?
Kindle(s) … I have a bunch of them. It’s no secret. One of my all-time favorites is Watchers by Dean Koontz.
I’ll give it a try.
6) You write…?
To entertain. I write to provide my readers an opportunity to mentally put the real world out of their minds for a little while. Some call my novels escapism, some call them beach reads. Either is just fine with me. I’ll let others with better skills than mine expound on the day to day problems we all face.
I read all your novels while walking around my neighborhood. So, you can add walker companion and exercise facilitator to the list of names. I walked miles and miles thanks to your stories.
7) The praise about your writing you like the most is…?
Orson Scott Card saying: “I promise you that Richard Phillips is going to be a popular and influential writer, period.” I was deeply honored by it.
Well, that’s a compliment!
8) What’s next…?
After the publication of Once Dead this fall, I’m signed up for two more Jack ‘The Ripper’ Gregory novels that occur prior to The Rho Agenda trilogy. Then I plan on revisiting some of the surviving characters from The Rho Agenda and the changed world in which they find themselves. After that … I’ll just have to see how many of the stories that are percolating in my head I can get around to telling.
Can’t wait to read Jack Gregory’s new stories. I’ve become a great fan of the Ripper and of Janet and can’t have enough of them. It would also be interesting to read what happens to the new world left after Wormhole.
Mr. Phillips, thank you for taking the time to answer my questions. It was a real pleasure having you on my blog.
For the latest information regarding Richard Phillips’s work, please visit his Rho Agenda Blog.