Something to Read on the Ride: Stella Wilkinson

Stella Wilkinson avatarIt’s the middle of the week, and today’s guest in my cozy corner of the web is Something to Read on the Ride’s very own intrepid captain, British author, Stella Wilkinson.

Let’s meet Stella who has the cutest avatar ever (she also gets bonus points for being the one who thought of putting together the collective):

Stella Wilkinson lives in Somerset, England, UK.
Even though Stella is now old and married and really dull, she wishes she could have been forever a Young Adult/New Adult.

She says: In The Flirting Games series my little world revolves around a group of teenagers at Boarding School in England. Mainly their romances, after all what is more fun than that? Book 2, More Flirting Games, and Book 3, Further Flirting Games are also available. There may be more in The Flirting Games series, if you all like them enough; but I’ve got a few others up my sleeve too, some Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance.

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More than anything I love to read, so chuck some recommendations at me too. Books are more precious then diamonds to me. My desk is in a room filled with shelf after shelf of antique books that I’ve never read but I keep collecting because the view of the spines alone is inspirational. To be fair most of the antique books look pretty dull inside, they have titles like ‘Bridleways of Somerset’. These days, when I read, I use my kindle. My kindle is the item I would save from a fire, after family, and photos of course, oh and my laptop, and perhaps just a few of my first editions, and the chocolate hobnobs…

Now, let’s ask her a few questions… 8 to be precise.

When you were a kid you wanted to be…?

Lois Lane. I carried around a notebook looking for good stories to write, and started our school newspaper just so I could print them. I never did get to date Superman though…

The first book you read was…?

Uh, The Bad Tempered Ladybird, I think. If you mean grown up book then I spent my teens devouring Mills and Boon romance novels.

You discovered you were quite good at writing when…?

I wrote some stories for Harry Potter Fan Fic (HPFF) and got a huge response of positive reviews, that’s when I started on The Flirting Games Series.

As a reader, your favorite genre is…?

Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy

No, really, what’s that title you’re hiding in your kindle…?

Riders, by Jilly Cooper. I’ve read it at least ten times. I love all her anti-heros. Bad boys that come good, or sometimes get their comeuppance.

You write…?

Mainly stories for teenage girls. The Flirting Games has three books in the series so far and more to come.

The praise about your writing you like the most is…?

Emails direct from fans. That someone took the time to personally mail me to say how much they liked the books is a massive incentive. I’m always stunned that with modern technology people are picking up my books from all over the world, it’s so flattering.

What’s next…?

I did a short story on Amazon for Halloween, called Halloween Magic & Mayhem. I got such good feedback from it that I’m writing a sequel, Werewolf Magic & Mayhem, which should be out just before Christmas.

Stella’s Very Important Public Announcement:

We’re also putting together another charity anthology of short stories based on the success of Something to Read on the Ride. It will be called Something for the Journey. People are welcome to email me direct if they are interested in submitting a story.

And finally, don’t’ forget:

To read Stella Wilkinson’s short and donate to a great cause, the Wallace and Gromit’s Copertina-Sandro-Beneficenza6Grand Appeal, A Children’s Hopital Charity, buy Something to Read on the Ride. It’s only $2.99 and all the proceeds go to the charity.

Something to Read on the Ride: Stella Wilkinson

Richard Phillips

"I promise you that Richard Phillips is going to be a popular and influential writer, period." Orson Scott CardRecently, 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.  

Richard Phillips