Phill alternates between writing, drinking coffee, and playing the saxophone (badly) - not always in that order. He lives in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England with Sally, his wife and partner of more years than either of them can count.
Phill tried to teach English to 6th formers for many years before moving into LEA advisory work and then, with Sally, founding and running an educational publishing business. It was not until this was sold to a bigger publisher in 2008 that he was able to give time to writing novels.
After several false starts, Paradise Girl, book 1 of the REBOOT trilogy, came out in 2016. It’s set in the northern hills where, amidst the majestic beauty of the rolling moors, a world-wide pandemic consigns a lone young woman to a bleak future. In book 2, After Shocks, her twin brother sets out to discover the truth behind the infection. REBOOT concludes with Jericho Rose. By now the pandemic is over and it's time to rebuild. However, there are a selfish few who seek to exploit the situation for their own ends and this risks losing the little that's left.
Phill's fourth novel, The God Jar, is a tale of magic and mystery which straddles 16th century Europe and 20th century England. John Dee, Elizabethan sorcerer and mystic, finds a jar which he discovers has enormous powers. 400 years later it resurfaces when a pair of honeymooners come across it on a diving trip. But have they found the jar, or has it found them?
What Dreams We Had! is about five friends who are at the end of their schooldays and dream of the long summer ahead. They’re in a band and out of the blue they receive the offer of a lifetime – to play at the wedding of a young football star and his celebrity girlfriend at their luxury villa in Tuscany. Too good to be true? A cruel joke? The only way to find out is to take a risk and go. Once there a series of horrific and mystifying events begins and they are forced to face uncomfortable truths about themselves, their friends, their families, and their futures. It’s not until the very end that we learn the shocking truth about why they have been brought to the villa. Not one of them will ever be the same again!
I Know What You're Thinking, is a thriller in which a pair of teenagers share the ability to see into each other's mind. When one of them disappears can the other use this gift to find them, and if they can what price must they pay?
Phill’s latest novel is The Poisoned Garden. Two half-brothers, the sons of a powerful man, are in competition to get in their father’s good books and inherit his wealth. One of them is a goody and the other is a baddy - but it's not quite that simple. The story tells of the sometimes violent struggle between them and how the goody gets help from a peasant girl, who by opening his eyes to the selfishness and corruption of the life he's been brought up to accept sets him on a new path. This is the first volume of a trilogy.
Many of Phill’s books have received reader recognition - The Wishing Shelf Awards, Chill Awards, Indie BRAG, Medallions, Page Turner Book Awards. Most of them are about young people and therefore they get the YA tag, but they're enjoyed by readers of all ages, including retirees.
Phill has also written a book of short stories, Undiscovered Countries. It's free and exclusive to subscribers to his email newsletter (www.phillfeatherstone.net/contact). Sign up to get writing updates, more offers, and book recommendations.