Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Blog Tour + Guest Post: Minotaur by Phillip W. Simpson

by Phillip W. Simpson 

About the Book:
“Where shall I start?” asked Minotaur.

Ovid made an expansive gesture with both hands. “Where else but the beginning of course.”

Minotaur nodded his huge head. “Yes,” he said. “Yes,” his eyes already glazing over with the weight of thousand year old memories. And then he began.

So begins the story of Asterion, later known as Minotaur, the supposed half bull creature of Greek legend. Recorded by the famous Roman poet, Ovid, Asterion tells of his boyhood in Crete under the cruel hand of his stepfather Minos, his adventures with his friend, Theseus, and his growing love for the beautiful Phaedra.And of course what really happened in the labyrinth.

This is the true story of the Minotaur.

Guest Post by author Phillip W. Simpson 

How to find inspiration to keep us going on writing a book?

Minotaur – Phillip W. Simpson

Inspiration comes from many sources. It all depends on what motivates you. If you are asking how to find inspiration to write a book, I would say it comes from within. It can be you have a story that desperately needs to be told, that haunts your dreams and your waking moments, that won’t leave you alone until you get it down on the page (or screen. Whatever). You could find inspiration by dreams of success, richness, glory or all three.

Personally, I’m inspired or motivated by a number of factors. First, I do believe I have stories to tell – some possibly interesting too. I do feel the need to write these, to get them out. It’s like exorcising a demon. I am motivated by a desire to succeed too. Writing takes up a great deal of time and effort, time that I don’t have in huge supply and every moment I’m writing is time that I can’t spend with my wife and four year old son (I am a full time school teacher so I have to write in the weekends and holidays). You have to make a lot of sacrifices and I would hope that it’s worthwhile in the end otherwise a part of me will think that I have somehow failed my wife and son. I want them to be proud of me. It’s probably stupid and irrational but that’s the honest truth.

Also, I want to get better, to become the best writer that I can be. I have improved over the years and I think that every novel I write is a little better than the one before it. I learn from my mistakes (hopefully!). I’ve written over 50 chapter books and Minotaur was my sixth novel. Of those, only four were published. I have just finished my eighth novel as part of my Masters in Creative Writing. I do believe it is my best work to date but some people will not necessarily agree. Time will tell, I guess.

You have to search for inspiration because it will be different for everyone. Writing is a combination of hard work, dedication and passion. You have to write. Some days you will just not feel like it. Some days your muse will abandon you and no amount of caffeine will change that. But you have to box on regardless. Even when I don’t feel like writing, I write anyway and set myself a word count. Some days, the word count will be less because I am aware that I’m flogging a dead horse, the words emerging in a slow painful ooze. Other days, when I’m feeling inspired and energized, I’ll do as much as 4k words. The words positively gush out of me on those days. I do, however, generally try and write 2,000 words a day.

So, pick one. Pick more than one. Whatever works for you. Is it love? Is it passion? Is it a desire to succeed or improve? It doesn’t matter. What matters is that you get the words down and tell the story that is swirling around in your head like an angry cloud. Write. Write. Write.

And then write some more.


Phillip W. Simpson is the author of many novels, chapter books and other stories for children. His publishers include Macmillan, Penguin, Pearson, Cengage, Raintree and Oxford University Press.
He received both his undergraduate degree in Ancient History and Archaeology and his Masters (Hons) degree in Archaeology from the University of Auckland.
Before embarking on his writing career, he joined the army as an officer cadet, owned a comic shop and worked in recruitment in both the UK and Australia.
His first young adult novel, Rapture (Rapture Trilogy #1), was shortlisted for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards for best Youth novel in 2012.

He is represented by Vicki Marsdon at Wordlink literary agency.

When not writing, he works as a school teacher.
Phillip lives and writes in Auckland, New Zealand with his wife Rose, their son, Jack and their two border terriers, Whiskey and Raffles. He loves fishing, reading, movies, football (soccer) and single malt Whiskeys.

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Tour Date:

September 28-October 11, 2015
(Please note that tour posts must be up by 08:00 hours EST)

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Purchase Links:
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Giveaway Information:  Contest ends October 23, 2015

·         Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of Minotaur by Phillip W. Simpson (INT)

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