Phillip Strang – Murder is a Tricky Business (British Sleuths and Publishing Analytics)

Do your DCI and DI top the Amazon Sales Charts? – Murder is a Tricky Business with Crime Thriller Author Phillip Strang

Phillip StrangHello all and welcome to the first in our series of author interviews. The first to take The Plunge is crime thriller author Phillip Strang.

Everyone, please stand up and give Phillip a big round of applause for 1) taking part in our exciting adventure and 2) being the first to do so.

Hooray, Phillip!

I started writing at the instigation of my wife and daughter.


Phillip Strang’s Bio
Phillip Strang was born in the late forties, the post-war baby boom in England; his childhood years, a comfortable middle-class upbringing in a small town, two hours’ drive west of London.
His childhood and the formative years were a time of innocence. Relatively few rules, and as a teenager, complete mobility, due to a bicycle – a three-speed Raleigh – and a more trusting community. It was the days before mobile phones, the internet, terrorism and wanton violence. An avid reader since childhood.
In his early twenties, the author, with a degree in electronics engineering, and an unabated wanderlust to see the world left the cold and damp climes of England for Sydney, Australia – the first semi-circulation of the globe, complete. Now, forty years later, he still resides in Australia, although many intervening years spent in a myriad of countries, some calm and safe – others, no more than war zones.

Don’t let anyone tell you that writing is a breeze

Phillip and I talked about writing thrillers, living internationally, the hard work of sitting down and writing, creating box sets of your work, success, marketing and selling as an indie author and advertising on Facebook, Twitter and Amazon (Phillip shared his wonderfully detailed methodology for getting reviews in How Self-Published Book Author and Marketing Maven Phillip Strang Gets Amazon Reviews. It’s worth a read).

That vast amount of people who tell you how to advertise your book don’t know what they’re talking about.

You can find links to Phillip’s books on the right or at the bottom of this post (depending on your device). You’ll also find links to Phillip’s sites underneath the video. And please comment both pro and pro. Okay, con, too, if something really peeves you.

The Interview

Phillip Strang’s Links
Phillip’s website
Phillip’s Books on Amazon
Phillip on Facebook
Phillip on Twitter

Phillip and I talked about a site he uses, InstaFreebie. Check it out.

Special bonus to all watchers, listeners and readers of Phillip Strang’s interview; Be one of the first to comment or share (and let us know) and receive a free copy of Phillip’s latest DI Tremayne Thriller, DEATH AND THE LUCKY MAN

The people who ended up the guilty people in the end were never meant to be the murderers. I had two other people lined up for that…the ending changed totally within the last couple of paragraphs.

9 thoughts on “Phillip Strang – Murder is a Tricky Business (British Sleuths and Publishing Analytics)”

  1. Interesting comment from Philip that he doesn’t write his series as cliffhangers. I wonder if there is any general advantage or disadvantage to that approach other than the potential for readers to miss a previous book.

  2. Two reasons as to why I don’t write cliffhangers: One, the reader expects to read a book with a conclusion. Secondly, the author will receive negative reviews if they have a cliffhanger.

    It’s not a problem for the principal persons in the book, namely the police inspector and his team, to have unresolved issues which carry on into a subsequent book, though.

    I’ve found that if the readers enjoy the book, they’ll go back and read the others in the series.

    The cliffhanger suits a television series more so than a book.

      1. The Foundation Series by Isaac Asimov was a trilogy. Whereas the underlying story related to Hari Seldon’s plan to reduce the time between empires from 30000 to 1000 years, each book was able to be read individually, not necessarily in sequence. Seldon’s plan continues through the series.

        It’s many years since I read the series, so some of my facts may be incorrect.

  3. By the way, I wanted to check in to say I did watch it, and I enjoyed it. It’s likely most viewer watch without posting a comment, so who knows how many are out there.

    I like that Phillip approaches the work with maximum flexibility in terms of willingness to change course and to write without a rigid plan. Personally, I’m inefficient in the sense that I plan and meditate a lot on what I want to do, but I discard virtually all plans along the way as the work shapes up and better ideas come my way. At least I hope they’re better, as I’d bet 90% of the work ends up on the scrap heap.