I've actually known Jeff Phelps for a long time, since many years ago when we were both members of the Cannon Hill Writers Group in Birmingham, England.
Jeff combines writing with a demanding job as an architect working for Wolverhampton City Council. He's one of the most naturally talented writers I've ever known, though because of his work commitments he hasn't been able to write as much as he might perhaps have liked.
So I was delighted to find out that his first novel 'Painter Man' was being published last year. Painter Man is portrayed through the eyes of an artist called Malcolm, the 'Painter Man' of the title. The story follows his life (and the life of his family) over a number of years, showing how he attempts to make sense of the hand life has dealt him through his art. The story is full of warmth and dry humour, with some surprising twists along the way.
As well as listening to the interview on WritersFM, you can also download it from the website as a separate podcast. The interview reveals the inspiration for Painter Man, and the long and sometimes tortuous process which eventually led to its publication last year. Jeff also talks a bit about combining writing with a full-time job, and offers some tips to writers who may be in a similar position.
If you'd like to buy your own copy of Painter Man - and I genuinely recommend it as a great read - the link below will take you to the sales page at Amazon.co.uk, or you should be able to find it by searching for "Jeff Phelps" at Amazon.com.
Finally, new interviewees are always welcome at WritersFM. If you've achieved some success as a writer, do get in touch with the station's host, Karl, and tell him a bit about yourself and your achievements. All being well, he will then arrange to interview you on the radio station. To start the ball rolling, email Karl at karl-at-myhelphub.com. Obviously, substitute an @ sign for the -at- in the address above.