Interview with Philip Cox

Hi Philip Cox, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
Oltobooks : Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Philip Cox : My name is Philip Cox,and I was born and raised in a town called Southend on Sea, which is some forty miles east of London (the one in England!). When I graduated from High School I joined a UK bank as a cashier/teller, and worked my way up through the ranks until my final role there was the Manager of a High Street branch. I am married, and have two daughters.
Oltobooks : What are your ambitions for your writing career?
Philip Cox : When I first got involved in writing , it was after reading an article about a self-published author who had had a million downloads of his eBook. I thought that was a good target to aim for.
Oltobooks : When did you decide to become a writer?
Philip Cox : I recall reading somewhere that everybody had one book inside them, provided they are prepared to put in the time an effort. The secret is to write more than one! I had always wanted to write a book, but the day job always got in the way. I had to opportunity when my first daughter was born, and I took a break from banking, to sit down and put pen to paper.
Oltobooks : Why do you write?
Philip Cox : Ultimately the aim is financial, it's always been a commercial enterprise, but it is something I enjoy doing.
Oltobooks : What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
Philip Cox : I had an opportunity to do something I always wanted to do. My wife was on leave for our second child, my eldest didn't need two of us around 24/7 so I had the chance to disappear and work on book number 1.
Oltobooks : Where do your ideas come from?
Philip Cox : My work pattern tends to mirror the school schedule. I begin a new project beginning September, finish usually just before Christmas. The book is normally ready for publication in the Spring. That means I'll spend the summer mulling over ideas, and jotting stuff down.
Oltobooks : What is the hardest thing about writing?
Philip Cox : That infamous writer's block. That can be really frustrating. When that happens, I tend to get some exercise to clear my head. Or, I might just write something, maybe not connected with my current project, just ANYTHING. I have on some occasions, written one of the last few chapters of the book I'm working on. That helps sometimes.
Oltobooks : What is the easiest thing about writing?
Philip Cox : I'm not sure if any of it is easy. I do like trawling through hundreds of photographs to choose a cover image.
Oltobooks : If this book is part of a series, tell us a little about it?
Philip Cox : I have two series running. I've just started the fourth in a series about Jack Richardson, a reporter for a London newspaper. My other series is centered around Sam Leroy, who is an LAPD detective. The fifth in that series came out this year.
Oltobooks : What are your thoughts on writing a book series?
Philip Cox : In some ways, it could be considered a cop-out, as it gets away from the need to create new characters. However, readers like them, so it's a no brainer. I might go for a standalone story next time.
Oltobooks : What is your favourite positive saying?
Philip Cox : "There's no such thing as can't" or "My new book is published today".
Oltobooks : Where can you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
Philip Cox : Always hoping to get that millions downloads, but in all probability still doing what I'm doing now. Older but not necessarily wiser.
Oltobooks : What advice would you give to your younger self?
Philip Cox : If you want to write start when you're younger. Savour every minute of what you do, and make sure you have no regrets when you're older.
Conversation By : Oltobooks Team
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