Phyllis and I met during the virtual book tour for her second novel Willing Spirits. At the time, she was already writing her recently released novel, The Manicurist, and we had some very interesting conversations about the protagonist, Tessa.
I’m always amazed at how the research I did for The Sage Age finds its way into folk’s lives, and now, at least a little bit, into a novel.
In this fun and informative podcast, we chat about The Manicurist and how Phyllis’ life and upbringing inform her novels and the rich depth of her characters. We also chat about how she uses the Internet to promote her books plus how the rise of social media and ebooks has completely changed her marketing strategies from the time her first book was published.
If you’re an author of fiction, you’ll definitely get some good marketing tips here from someone who has been there and done that and kept her books on shelves and in e-readers for years.
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Phyllis comes from a family of Holocaust survivor immigrants who settled in the South Bronx and then later moved to an enclave for German Jews on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
She graduated high school at 16 and then earned a B.A. in English from Herbert H. Lehman College, an M.A. in Literature from New York University, and later an M.S. as a Developmental Specialist from Yeshiva University.
Her latest novel, The Manicurist, was a finalist in the 2011 Inaugural Indie Publishing Contest, which was sponsored by the San Francisco Writer’s Conference.