Interview with Phillipa Nefri Clark, Author of The Christmas Tree Thief
in Author Interviews, Mystery, News
03 Dec 2019
What can you tell us about your new release, The Christmas Tree Thief?
This is the first in a new mystery series. Dr Charlotte Dean first appeared out of the blue in my Christie Ryan series, stayed for two books, then demanded her own stories. The Christmas Tree Thief is a small town whodunit with a dash of danger. Instead of a quiet life in her new town, an unusual spate of crimes brings out the amateur sleuth in Charlotte and Kingfisher Falls will never be the same.
What or who inspired you to become an author?
I began penning little stories before I went to school and never stopped, although I diverted into less creative writing for many years. Perhaps the magic stories from authors such as Enid Blyton and CS Lewis made me want to write down the movies playing in my head.
What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?
I have eclectic tastes – so it is more about the authors. I’ll read anything by Anne Rice, Anne McAffrey, Dan Brown, CS Lewis, and Agatha Christie.
Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?
Agatha Christie. I’d love to ask what her favorite book is, and author!
What’s your favorite thing about writing?
The creative process. To discover a new world filled with characters and see what they have in store for me.
What is a typical day like for you?
I’m up before six each morning and check emails/social media and make a rough plan of my day. This can include setting up advertising, working with my cover designer, edits, or research. I write every day, even if only a paragraph if I have other commitments. Most weeks I have four full days to write and treat my day like an outside job. Write, break, write. Drink lots of coffee and water.
What scene in The Christmas Tree Thief was your favorite to write?
There are so many I love! One that stands out is the point when Charlotte has to make a decision which will define her place in Kingfisher Falls. She’s in danger and finds the internal strength to choose to fight for what is right.
Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?
“A rising tide lifts all boats.” I’m a believer in paying good forward.
Phillipa Nefri Clark is the author of the new book The Christmas Tree Thief.
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