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In this interview I’m speaking to Giles Paley-Phillips, the author of ‘THE FEARSOME BEASTIE‘ (Maverick Arts Publishing) which has now sold over 70,000 copies and won countless awards. This summer will see the release of a CG animated short film of ‘The Fearsome Beastie’.
Giles has a huge online fan base, with now over 205,000 twitter followers and has made several TV appearances including Good Morning Britain, an author special of BBC2’s Eggheads and is a judge on ITV’s Share a Story.
He also writes a regular book column for Title magazine.
Giles still lives in Seaford, East Sussex with his wife, Michelle, and their two sons, Elijah and Sonny. He is a patron for Action Aid UK.
How did you pursue and achieve your dream job/life?
I started writing just before our first son was born, it just came about from wanting to write a story for him. I tentatively sent out a couple of the texts I’d written to a couple of publishers, and just got very lucky.
What are the advantages to working in the field you do?
I get to work from home, which means I’m always accesible for the children, and can do school drop offs and pick ups, it’s always been really important to me to be around a lot whilst the children are growing up.
What are the biggest challenges you face as a creative? I often find it hard to switch off and sleeping is often a challenge as there is always so much going on in my brain.
How do you deal with the inevitable ups and downs of leading a creative life? Over the years I’ve gotten used to a working life which is either feast or famine and rejection becomes part and parcel, you learn to harden up, although you do tend to be a bit more cynical about everything.
Can you share tips for building confidence
I think you have to try really hard not to take things to personally, if something doesn’t work out, it’s usually A) for the best and B) not because what you were doing was bad or wrong. Just keep going, as with most things perseverance is what it’s all about.
What are your career highlights?
Being able to read my own books to my children at storytime is just so special, oh and this interview of course 😉 xx
Who inspires you? My wife, Michelle and our boys Eli and Sonny inspire me everyday.
What is the greatest advice you’ve even been given? Always remember those on the way up as you are very likely to meet them again on the way down.
What are your hopes and aspirations for the future? to keep writing and feeling inspired.
…to be able to do the thing you love.