60 seconds with….Giles Paley-Phillips

He's musician, he's played at Glastonbury and other things you never knew about children's author, Giles Paley - Phillips!

What inspired you to become an author?

It was the birth of our first son – I just really wanted to write a story for him. 

What do you like most about what you do?

Being able to journey into other worlds and lives.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

My inspiration comes from all different sources; my kids, the news, overheard conversations; you just never know when an idea will strike.

Who is your idol when it comes to writing and what three qualities do you think you share with them?

I've always been inspired by the American writer and poet Shel Silverstein as his writing is so unique. At times it’s dark and at other times poignant. I try to write with those things in mind.

Do you have a special place where you write?

I generally write at home, but I do always carry a notebook and pencil.

How do you go about writing a book?

I don't think I've ever written a story the same way twice, sometimes I start at the end, other times the beginning, sometimes it will be a single idea and other times a whole bunch.

What is your proudest accomplishment so far?

Just having a book published and being able to read that book to my own children was and is still the most special thing.

How would colleagues and friends describe you?

I think they’d describe me as sometimes quiet, sometimes silly, but hopefully always empathetic and kind.

What’s your top tip for budding young writers?

Keep writing! It seems a daft thing to say, but really it is always about developing your craft, the more you write the better you will get.

What three things would you take on a desert island?

My guitar, A light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein and family photo albums.

Choose 5 words to describe yesterday.

Rainy, windy, busy, thoughtful and friendly.

What do you do when you're not working?

I spend time with my wife and children, I play in a band @burnthousemusic, I like to read and watch movies – simple pleasures. 

Tell us something that would surprise people about you.

I'm teetotal and once played at Glastonbury.

And finally, just for fun....

Lie in or up with the lark?

Up with the lark

Decaf or Full caff?


City or seascape?


Book or Boxset?


I couldn't get through the weekend without.. 

or any other day without my wife and our two boys.

You can learn more about follow Giles here and follow him on Twitter.

By Jennie Adams on 5th April 2018

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