The proverbial challenge of the blank page. Especially for fiction writers, it’s hard to start from a white space and then start to fill it with a story. It can also be a challenge to carve out time in the day for writing, especially in the face of telemarketing calls that always seem to happen just when I’m really on a creative roll and totally into a scene.
2. Can you give us a short synopsis of Light Runner?
It’s about a teenage girl, Dara, who is forced to run for her life after she finds a mysterious metal armband that can heal wounds. When a dead body turns up in Dara’s apartment courtyard, she’s thrust into a perilous search for her father, the reasons behind her mother’s mysterious death, and the truth about herself.
3. What inspired you to write this book?
Strong girls, the ones I see every day in my classroom (I “moonlight” as a high school English teacher) and the girls I grew up with in my own family.
4. How many hours per day do you spend writing?
At least two, more when I can. Weekends, more. Vacations, a lot more. Basically, whatever spare time I have becomes, “Okay, time to write.”
5. Name your Top Five Favorite Books.
- The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy (I know that’s technically four, but they all go together)
- Infinite Jest (which, come to think of it, has strong fantasy elements, too)
- The Little Princess. Seriously, when I read that book to my daughter, I fell in love with it.
- War and Peace. Okay, I know, not light reading, not a fantasy, but it’s got everything . . . war . . . peace . . . romance that is out of this world. Best read when you are in your early twenties, kind of floundering, trying to find yourself, or maybe that was just me.
- The Wizard of Oz series, not just the one that got made into a Judy Garland movie. It was read aloud to me before I could read and I stepped into that world, thought I was there.
Book Two of The Light Runner series, which I’m close to finishing and submitting to the publisher. It’s the second book of a trilogy, with Light Runner being the first.
Title: Light Runner
Author: Philip Brown
Genre: YA Contemporary Fantasy
When a powerful healing armband—the Jyotisha—falls into the hands of a teenage girl, she’s thrust into a dangerous search for her father, the reasons behind her mother’s mysterious death, and the truth about herself.
Sixteen-year-old Dara Adengard would rather read graphic novels than do her homework and prefers the freedom of skateboarding to the restrictions of life with her military father. Stung by the recent death of her mother, Dara conceals her mom’s picture under a square of grip tape on her skateboard. But no matter how much Dara tries to keep a foothold on the past, she can’t ride away from her own destiny.
One evening, she discovers a silver and gold armlet with mysterious powers in the shadowy water of the swimming pool. Forged from an ancient meteorite metal, it possesses the power to heal or wound. When Dara holds it, it emits a light that seems to have been ignited by a star’s ray. Moments later, she is stunned to find that someone’s broken into her apartment, her father has vanished, and a dead body lies sprawled in the courtyard.
Evading the police, Dara escapes on a perilous quest for her father, begins to uncover her mother’s hidden past, and starts to realize the shocking truth about herself. Accompanied by a stray dog, Dara soars to sudden fame on the wings of a YouTube video that shows her using the Jyotisha to heal the handsome Diego of a gunshot wound. When the video goes viral, a famous TV talk show personality connects with her, and Dara is propelled from homeless runaway to worldwide sensation.
Philip Brown is the author of the YA contemporary fantasy novel, Light Runner. He previously wrote two astrology books, Cosmic Trends (published by Llewellyn Worldwide Publications and a finalist for the Coalition of Visionary Resources Award) and On the Cusp: Astrological Reflections from the Threshold. He also wrote for Dell Horoscope and The Mountain Astrologer. Light Runner, published by Strange Fictions Press (an imprint of Vagabondage Press), is his first novel.
Philip studied to become a Shakespearean actor in London, but a love of books and writing led him to become a high school English teacher.
He received his Master of Arts degree in English from California State University Los Angeles and lives in Southern California. He is a member of the International Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
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