Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Phyllis Levine - Another Author You Should Know

Phyllis Levine is a dear friend and a hardworking author of the Matilda series. While she doesn't consider her works romance, but rather fiction. She feels the books show one way of living and good ethics with a romantic twist.

I asked her to spend some time talking about her work, available through Wasteland Press or it can be ordered through Barnes and Noble or Amazon. You can visit her at her website:

Here's her interview:

Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?

1. Yes, I have, but when this happens, I leave the story and do something else and sure enough my mind will click and it's then I resume writing.

Which come first, the characters or the plot?

2. In my case, it was the character which came first.

What are you reading now?
3.I just finished reading a biography on Barbra Streisand. Occasionally, I enjoy a biography because I have always been fascinated by how a person accomplishes his/her goals.

How do you come up with the titles to your books?

4. My titles have come from an event, a goal that my protagonist seeks, or a particular place in the book. In my second book "At the Skylight with Matilda," "The Skylight" is named for a hotel that involves my main character, Matilda.

What inspired you to write your first book?

5. I was inspired to write my first book, Matilda because while teaching, I felt that my ninth grade students could use a good nanny because many suffered from their parents' separation, divorce, lack of love, or any direction from an adult in their lives.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

6. My writing quirk is a character in my books who I would like for a friend in real life. This character makes me laugh out loud and has an attitude that I'd like to have. She is trustworthy and gives me a lift.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

7. When not writing, I walk in the park and enjoy nature, or spend time with my dog Beau, a Boston Terrier, who I adore being with.


Helen Hardt said...

Great to meet you, Phyllis!

Wendi Zwaduk and Megan Slayer said...

Thanks for stopping by Phyllis! Can't wait for that fourth book. : )