Philosophy to Fantasy

September 11, 2009 at 1:53 am | Posted in Writers Write | Leave a comment

I have a certain image in my mind when I think of a professor of philosophy who has published articles and written various academic, philosophical works.  He is wearing a corduroy blazer with leather elbow patches.   He doesn’t pay attention to trends, whether in fashion or politics, preferring what is tried and true to whimsy.   He is pale from hours spent pouring through dusty tomes, with watery, pale blue eyes and round spectacles perched on the end of his nose.

Phil Smith is breaking out of the stuffy professor mold, delivering a fantasy adventure set in the medieval world. S  mith says he has always had an interest in fiction and fantasy stories and in 2003 he began writing “The Heart of the Sea.”  Encouraged by his wife to continue, he finished the first draft in 2005 and the novel will be published as an ebook this summer. How does a professor of philosophy find time to write? Smith worked on his book during school breaks and advises “It’s a matter of sticking to it; coming back to it… characters kind of come alive on you.”

How to Write a Fantasy Story


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