MEET THE AUTHOR HONEY PHILIPS

  • Have the main character of your last novel introduce you to our readers.

Honey writes sweet and steamy tales about hot alien warriors, true love, and the joy of found family.

  • Without giving us spoilers introduce your latest and greatest novel or work in progress and let us know which it is and if it’s a WIP let us know when it goes live.

My next novel is A Gift for the Alien Warrior, coming May 8th. It’s the story of a former alien warrior who rescues a human woman and a baby from an abandoned spaceship – only to discover that the woman doesn’t remember anything about herself or how she ended up on the ship. Or why there’s a body on the ship!

  • What do you like best about your main character in your latest and greatest or WIP from above?

The hero, Taranov, is the captain of a trading ship who left his dying planet knowing that he would never have a family. What I love about him is that he’s so honorable and protective of both Wendy and the baby. He (and his tail!) would do anything for them. He may not always make the best decisions, but he believes he is doing the right thing.

  • Tell us a little about one of your side characters from your latest and greatest or WIP?

Curall is a crusty older male, part of Taranov’s crew. He’s a little rough around the edges, but he takes great pleasure in feeding and caring for the crew – and he turns out to be quite an expert on babies!

  • How did you come up with your idea for the above story?

The Treasured by the Alien series is based on two main ideas. The first is that older women can also have fun, sexy adventures in space! The second is that family is where you find it – and that babies and children and crusty old cooks can all be part of your family.

For this particular story, I was interested in the idea of amnesia, and how much not remembering your past affects who you are as a person. Wendy’s lack of memory contrasts with Taranov, who remembers all too much.

  • What was your writing plan for this book or WIP?

Start at the beginning and write until I reached the end! More seriously, I do tend to start with the initial scene and let the story unfold from there. In this case, I started with a picture of Taranov finding the luxury space yacht “floating” in space. I knew that Wendy would not remember what had happened and that there was a baby on board.

  • How do you handle writers block?

I really dislike that term! Generally, if a story isn’t coming together for me, it needs some more time for my subconscious to work on it. In that case, I might try writing something else for a while. If that doesn’t work, I find that sitting down with a notebook and writing out questions to myself usually results in answers that lead me to the next part of the book.

  • Do you have a secret writing ritual and what is it?

Weather permitting, I love to sit in our hot tub and dictate. It’s quiet and private, and I find being surrounded by water very inspirational.

  • What is your writing snack?

When I’m really focused on a book, I don’t pay much attention to food. But, depending on the time of day, I usually have a cup of coffee or a glass of sparkling water close at hand. And maybe a glass of champagne in the evening!

  • What do you do when you’re not writing?

I love to read – of course! – but I also really enjoy cooking. My husband and I also love to travel. That’s been limited for the past few years, but we have a big trip planned for this summer and I can’t wait!

  • What is your favorite season and why?

Honestly, I enjoy all of them – although some of them for shorter periods than others! For example, I love to see it snow, but I’m glad I don’t live somewhere where it snows for six months out of the year. If I absolutely have to choose, I would go for fall in New England – warm days, cool nights, and amazing fall colors everywhere!

  • What is your favorite genre to read and what do you like about it?

I love science fiction romance, which is why I write it. I love the exploration of new places and new ideas which is so intrinsic to science fiction, but I also really enjoy the exploration of character which is part of a good romance. For me, it’s the best of both worlds!

  • Do you have a writer’s mission statement? What is it?

I simply want readers to enjoy my books – to explore a new place with characters they can care about, and to close the book with a smile on their face.

  • What do you spend your music so you listen to when you write? How does it help to put you in the mood?

I prefer silence – if I have songs playing, I want to sing along. (And no one needs to hear that!)

APRIL QUESTION OF THE MONTH

What is your favorite silver lining moment? i.e., bad situation that turned out great.

I spent many years working for my previous company. I believed in the company and I enjoyed the people that I worked with. I was still working there when I began my writing journey and I didn’t mind juggling both jobs, even as my author career took off. But the company expanded and I no longer enjoyed my corporate job. I struggled with the decision for quite a while, but in the spring of 2021 my unhappiness finally pushed me into quitting.

The silver lining is that I am now a full-time author and I’ve never been happier!

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