From his earliest years, his parents read to him fantastical stories from wonderful worlds. Narnia and Middle Earth featured prominently, and had his youth been a generation later, he would have certainly encountered Hogwarts at a young age. By his teen years he'd read stories by countless other writers: Steven Brust, Stephen R. Donaldson, David Eddings, Raymond Feist, Guy Gavriel Kay, Stephen R. Lawhead, and Fritz Leiber, to name a few.
After dabbling in writing for many years, he finally got serious and wrote his first novel in 2011. He has continued writing ever since. He currently lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife, four children, two dogs, two rabbits, and several literary aspirations.
A Little About
Joss the Seven
The Guild of Sevens sends Mara to train Joss in his new powers, and she uses him to steal secrets from the Mockers. Fighting crime with crime feels upside down, and Joss soon wonders which side he’s really on.
When the Mockers arrive at his home, Joss is out of time. He sets up a high-stakes prank to save his family. This time he knows that if he fails, he won’t end up in the principal’s office; he’ll be six feet under.
Author's Rating: PG (There is one bad word in the book (“smart***”), one tense scene with a drunk adult/parent, and some non-gory violence.)
Ten Things You Should Know
About J. Philip Horne
I typically hit shuffle on Joe Satriani’s entire discography when writing, or some other electric guitar instrumentalist (Andy Timmons, Jason Becker, Neil Zaza, and others).
2. Have you ever named a character in honor of someone you know?
Joss, the titular character in JOSS THE SEVEN, is named after Joss Whedon. I don’t know Mr. Whedon, but I thought he did a great job of bringing fantastical elements to American entertainment (Firefly, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog), and wanted to give a nod toward him given my story is a contemporary fantasy.
3. What is one of your favorite/go-to writing resources?
Youtube. What an amazing resource to help visualize places I’ve never seen. For a novel I’ve got on low simmer, I needed to write about my character flying into Rome and driving into the city. I found a video someone had filmed doing just that. Amazing!
4. Do you write using a keyboard, pen and paper, or both?
Keyboard only. I actually have a genetic neurological disease that leaves much to be desired with my penmanship.
5. What project are you working on now?
I’m getting ready to launch the sequel to JOSS THE SEVEN—titled GUARDIAN ANGEL—and I’ve just started the rough draft to the third book in the series. I’m also working with an illustrator on a couple potential picture book projects, and every once in a while return to a very slowly developing draft of a thriller.
6. Have you always liked to write?
I’ve always liked to read. I was a voracious reader growing up. And I’ve always enjoyed telling a good story. Those two things gradually came together and turned into a love of writing later in life.
7. What book are you currently reading?
I’m currently listening to the audiobook version of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, reading Magyk (book 1 of the Septimus Heap series), and reading Catch-22.
8. What is one of your favorite beverages/snacks while writing?
Coffee in the morning, bourbon in the evening. It’s very important to get the sequence right with those two.
9. Do you keep anything special on your desk when you write?
I’m a minimalist by design. We have a busy house with four kids (three of them teenagers), so if I get picky about my environment, I’ll never write. It’s usually just a laptop and some good over-the-ear headphones to give me sound isolation. And a cup of coffee if it’s before 3pm. Can’t forget the coffee.
10. Do you have any other creative outlets besides writing?
Definitely! I play electric guitar and work with my kids on their developing musical talents. Every once in a while, I take a stab at writing lyrics and composing music. I also try to bring a lot of creativity to my day job, though it isn’t a “creative” job per se.