Wednesday, June 29, 2011

5 Easy Questions with P.W. Creighton!

Every Wednesday, I ask a writer the same five easy questions. In an effort to support and promote fellow wordsmiths, I feature authors who write a variety of genres, from sweet inspirational to mainstream thrillers. The writers themselves may be aspiring, published, or best-selling--all have made an impact on my life.

Thank you for joining me in welcoming… P.W. Creighton!!

Phillip is one of my favorite friends I met through Twitter. He's genuine, supportive, and a tremendous writer--and get this, he just signed a contract with Astrea Press for his debut novel, Nightfall,  a supernatural and psychological thriller, which will be released in early fall. You can read more about Nightfall after the interview. Congratulations, Phillip, and thank you so much for being my guest today!
Let's get to it!
1. Beverage of Choice? 
When I'm not up to three in the morning or suffering withdrawal from still having our local Dunkin closed I prefer to keep the caffeine levels up with a Mt. Dew Whiteout. There's just something about a high dose of caffeine and grapefruit/citrus.

2. Any Pets?

Three fat contented house cats. Camus Hubert, a 20lb lazy tiger; Tristan Marie, Camus' slim little silver/grey sister (Also the alpha); and Issie Niamh their other sister, a polydactyl black tortoise shell long-hair. Yes she was named after the Japanese sea monster.

3. Dream Vacation?

Trip to Europe. Riding along the coast of Ireland, exploring Scottish castles, the Tower of London, Liverpool (for the Beatles), sailing on the English Channel, walking along the Seine River in Paris and of course driving on the Nürburgring in Germany.

4. What are you listening to now?

I usually alternate between stations on Slacker Radio. Depending on the scene it can vary between 80's pop/New Wave or darker mood music like Poet's of the Fall, Porcupine Tree, Poe, Nick Cave or it could be club music to the likes of Daft Punk, Kevin Rudolph, Kylie or Paul Oakenfold. Really depends on the scene and mood and my music switches with it.

5. What's for Dinner?

Tonight the plan is for tropical chicken. Grilled chicken in tropical fruit over rice with a few spices. Sounds a lot more elaborate and complex than it is to make.

Phillip, your cats' names crack me up! They sound adorable and quite the characters. And, I'm completely with you on caffeine via Mountain Dew. You've got me intrigued about your music choices--several are new to me, and I will be checking them out. Tropical chicken has a nice, summer ring to it!

Thank you for being my guest today! And I must say your biography fascinates me. Sounds adventurous!

Nightfall ~

Three years after everyone important to Connor Maitland was murdered by a fanatical cult he is still attempting to put his life back together. Accompanied by his ex-girlfriend and business partner, Alison Herne, he is making a living as a jack-of-all-trades running a security company, sailing charters, and even photographing weddings out of Dolliber Cove, Massachusetts. Connor’s world is finally coming back together until they find one of Alison’s ghost hunter friends murdered.

When a childhood love he thought was dead, appears on his doorstep during their investigation, Connor is forced to confront memories he convinced himself were the delusions of a man deep into grief. They are being stalked by a mysterious man who appears to know far too many of their secrets, as well as Connor’s. After Alison is almost killed confronting her occult past, it is impossible for Connor to deny the connection between the cases. Someone is attempting to end Connor’s life and the lives of all those who surround him.

The crazed rantings of the murderous cult may be the key to his survival.

P.W. Creighton
Originally from California, I moved frequently, living in many places including Vermont, Tennessee and currently New York where I took my interest in adventure to college earning a Bachelors in Folklore Anthropology, Archaeology and Art Studio. Between rock climbing, sailing and paranormal investigations, I was able to produce content for a wide array of media outlets including regional publications, Fox News and PBS TV.

After having my work displayed as gallery exhibits and in many regional books, I returned to college for an MSed as a Communications Specialist in Media Production. Now, I write bi-monthly articles for Town Square Media in Central New York while working as a marketing specialist for Site-Seeker Inc and writing a series of novels. 

For more information about P.W. Creighton, check out his blog, Writing Files, friend him on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter!

How do you celebrate the fourth of July?
Have a wonderful Wednesday!


  1. Good morning Jill, thanks again for this opportunity. I'll check in throughout the day to answer questions and of course, just chat. ;-)

  2. Fun interview. I love the blurb for Nightfall! Congrats on the sale. :-)

  3. Congrats on the book deal, Phillip! That's awesome! And the book sounds great!

  4. Those cats name crack me up too! And yes, congratulations on the book deal.

  5. P.W. Cool to see you here! You've been such an encouragement to me on this journey. Thanks for that.

    And way to go on your deal!

    Couple things...I'm Irish (or so I tell myself...not sure I'm Irish at all) so I can give you and yours a tour around my homeland. ;)

    Also, I'm dying to know what spices went on that chicken.

    ~ Wendy

  6. Good morning!

    Thanks, Phillip, for sharing with us today! And MEGA congrats on your contract!!!

    And thank you, everyone, for stopping by!

  7. The book sounds like a good one. Congrats!

  8. Great interview, Jill. Phil is also one of my favorite Twitter friends. A talented writer and generous person. Can't wait to read his book!

  9. Jessica and Katie, thanks took a round about to get there.

    Lynn, what you don't know is how they rule the house with an Iron paw…when they're ambitious.

    Wendy, thanks and sounds like a plan. The chicken was lemon pepper, a dash of raspberry vinaigrette and a half cup water to simmer. Extra juice from fruit added half way through.

    Jill, thanks again and you're definitely an awesome friend.

    Thanks Kim!

    Michele, so kind and right back at you! Can't wait to see yours.

  10. Wonderful interview, Phillip! I share your addiction to Mountain Dew, and am looking forward to your book being published.

    I love the names of your cats as well. If I had three cats that needed to be named, I'd name them those names ;)

    Again, way to go Phillip!

  11. Great interview! Love your dream vacation. The books sounds fascinating. I love supernatural thrillers!

    We spend the 4th at an amphitheater in town, listening to local bands and then watch a HUGE fireworks display with good friends. Lots of fun!

  12. Ha, thanks Kate. Be warned, those name imbue superior intellect upon the cats and can wreck entire civilizations if used upon a greater scale.

    Thanks Jessica I love the psychological/supernatural dynamic. It's very intriguing. The festivities sound fun.

  13. You just gave me an idea for a fleet of devious Tristans. Be aware!

  14. Love the names of those cats. :)

    Congrats on the publishing contract!

    As to the 4th, we'll be doing the family picnic/fireworks thing. :)

  15. I haven't tasted it yet, but I've heard Mt. Dew Whiteout is awesome!

    Great interview and nice to meet you, PW.

    Thanks for the great interview, Jill.

  16. Congrats on the book release! How exciting is that? I love your cat names too. Very creative.

  17. Great interview, PW, and holy cow, congratulations on the contract :D :D :D :D :D

  18. I didn't realize we had so much in common, fellow Astraea author! You understand the need for a hefty name to go with your cats (Mine are named after Norse and Chinese gods), and you're a fellow Californian! Does folklore play a role in the plot of your book?

  19. Cool interview, Jill! And nice to meet you, PW! Congrats on the book contract! Looking forward to when it comes out.

    I would love to tour a Scottish castle, or any castle, for that matter.

    This fourth of July we're just going to relax and beat the heat with some cold drinks.

  20. Just what's needed a fleet of Tristans. Nice Kate, destroy the world.. ;-)

    Erica doubly thanks.

    Loree nice to meet you too... yeah it's definitely the nectar. A must-have caffeine infusion.

    KM thank you. Very exciting indeed.

    Manon, Kudos :-D

    Rebecca, heh gotta admit there is quite a bit of folklore in there as well.

    Brandi, nice to meet you as well! Thank you for the kind words.

  21. Love, love, love the conversation here! It's so nice to see so many new faces--thank you so much for stopping by!

    And for all the "old" faces, it's great to see you too!

  22. I enjoy when you feature writers and authors. Thanks so much!

  23. Fantastic post!! I had a Siamese polydactyl kitty while growing up! :) it sure makes their paws look cool. I agree with Jill; the tropical chicken sounds yummy!

  24. Yay! I'm so happy for PW. He's one of the best supportive people on Twitter. I always look forward to his tweets.

    Congratulations again, Phillip! And thanks for this interview, Jill! :)

  25. Jill, thanks again.. awesome conversation all-around.

    Christie, thanks. You definitely need to try it.

    Jami, thank you for the kind words. :-) You guys are why the writing community rocks!

  26. Congrats on the book deal. It really does look interesting. If it were already out, I'd get it. :D

  27. So great to hear from everyone! Thank you so much for stopping by!

  28. Phillip, CONGRATULATIONS on the excellent book news! It couldn't have happened to a nicer, more supportive guy. I'm so thrilled for you!

    Jill, thanks for the fun interview with Phillip. It's great to learn more about our fellow writing buds, beyond the 140 characters.

  29. I'm so excited to see this book publish and I too met Phil over at the twitter. He's a blast and a great colleague even before he was AP branded.

  30. Julie, thank you, you always have the coolest insight and info!

    Bri, thank you and you've been an awesome supporter even before Stephanie dug out the AP iron.

    You guys rock epically!


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