David Phelps was born in Hereford. His mother wanted him to work in a bank but he ran away to join the Civil Service, where, under the wonderful and much missed Enterprise Allowance Scheme, he was responsible for helping many creative people, including the poet Jay Ramsey, set up their own businesses.
Retiring to his native county he set out to discover its rich folklore which has inspired many of his stories. He is the author of four books (Herefordshire Folk Tales, Haunted Hereford, The Bloody History of Hereford and Worcestershire Folk Tales) all published by The History Press. More details available on my website www.davidphelpswrites.co.uk
David Phelps in 60 seconds
When did you start writing?1963 Hereford, Herefordshire.
What do you love about short stories?They have entertained us around the camp fire for thousands of years.
Do you write in other forms?Novel hidden in a draw.
What distracts you from writing?Making cups of coffee.
Outside of writing, what are your other passions?Folklore, history, gardenings, walking.
What is your favourite book?At Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O'Brien.
Who are your favourite writers?Tove Jansson, Ian McEwan and Jaroslav Hasek.
Where is your dream location?Herefordshire.
What one item would you put into Room 101?Donald Trump.
Do you have any advice for new writers?I spent thirty years secretly thinking of myself as a writer without actually doing much writing, so my advice to any writer is WRITE.
Work by David Phelps:
What is a princess to do with unwanted male attention? Perhaps the dark spirit of the river can help. (This ebook also includes an additional story)
The Night Study
A Danish painter is driven into exile by his father. But he can never escape the chains of the family's dark secrets.
The War Hero the Film Star and the Footman and Another Story
A young footman's eyes are opened to the reality of life when he takes up a position working for a glamorous couple. (This e-book also includes the story "What Have You Done To Your Hand, John?")
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