Phil Slattery currently works for the federal government, but his passion is for writing and literature, for which he has always had a knack. He has loved to read since he was in the second grade, even reading the stories of Edgar Allan Poe at a young age as well as stories from Greek mythology. His knack for language and linguistics first showed when he won eighth place in the Franklin County, Kentucky, spelling bee when he was in fourth grade. This knack showed again in high school when he studied Latin and German, receiving high grades in each. Language became a major part of his life when he attended Eastern Kentucky University and obtained a B.A. with a double major in German and Russian. While at university, he also studied Spanish, French, Latin, and Greek, though without obtaining a degree in any of those. As part of his studies, he spent several courses and many hours in studying German and Russian literature in addition to studying the languages. He went on to start a graduate program in German at the University of Kentucky, but joined the Navy as an Intelligence officer before completion.
While in the Navy, his passion for writing and literature gradually intensified. He read a lot of American and English literature, particularly poetry, and began writing poetry. Several of his poems were published by small magazines. Some of his works can still be found on the Internet.
After leaving the Navy in 1996, his love for poetry morphed into a passion for prose and he began reading more American and English novels and short stories, occasionally branching out into other nation’s literature, such as French, Spanish, Egyptian, and, of course, continuing to read German and Russian literature. Around that time, he also developed an interest in writing short stories and he began to work on several ideas he had for novels.
After several starts (and delays caused by life in general), Phil is finally about to complete his first novel, a science-fiction story about an American astrophysicist who teleports to another planet and become caught up as pawn between the government and rebels in a revolution. Phil hopes to complete this book by spring, 2020. After that he has two more novels in the works to complete.
Phil has published many short stories, some of which can be found on the Internet, but the best of which he has put in collections, along with two short novelettes, which are available for purchase at amazon.com/author/philslattery.
Phil has also founded two writers circles, one in Farmington, New Mexico, and one in Arkansas County, Arkansas, which focus on the publicity and marketing of writers works, rather than on the art of writing.
Phil can be found on several social media, but his primary website/blog is here at philslattery.wordpress.com, which provides links to the other media.
To find out more, follow this link to Phil’s interview on Nocturne for Bookscharming.com.