Marie J S Phillips
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About Marie J S Phillips
Marie J. Spinella-Phillips
Born in 1957, in Huntington, on Long Island, I've been driven by an insatiable love of writing, art, and the sciences since very early childhood. My love of animal tales fueled my desire to write, always manifesting in stories from the non-human point of view. I invented my very first character at six years old, creating picture books with a tree as the main protagonist. I included, on the inside covers, my very own publishing logo, complete with rainbow and shining sun!
Back in my senior year of High School, one of my teachers, Mr. O'Connor, lent me a copy of The Fellowship of the Ring, which changed my reading and writing life forever, driving me into the unique and futuristic world of Fantasy/Science Fiction.
In college, I majored in Art and Earth Sciences, where inspiration fired my vivid and eccentric imagination, planting the seeds for my Furlites of Aroriel novels, Over the years, I honed the complex world of this alien family saga. My husband's love and support over the decades proved invaluable, since his scientific knowledge and expertise quickly surpassed my own, once we graduated high school, went off to college, and entered the working world. With his help, and that of my mentor, David Ayscue, who passed away in 2010, I completed the first two of these books, On Matissia Wings, and, Earth-bred Matissia-born,which are now available. Other tales are in the works, including the third book in this series called EYES IN THE DARK. CURSE OF KORIS, and FURLITIAN TALES, a book of shorter tales featuring other characters in the prior books are now available.
I dabbled with another tale many years ago, using my Khan as a character, when my big Maine Coon became seriously ill. While battling Khan's insidious disease, I completed the story, which took on deeper impact far beyond my intended feline fantasy yarn. KHAN: A Maine Coon is the result, a biography of his life, with fictional elements, written from his point of view. My special furbaby's bit of immortality has collected mostly 5 star reviews in this short time.
THE WHITE DRAGONS OF SUVWILUR and OTHER STORIES, is a collection of fantasy /science fiction tales from the point of view of many characters, from an Appaloosa Pegasus, a white furry Dragon, and others, including a Collie /Human hybrid created by genetic manipulation by aggressive aliens.
In OLD GENT, I return to those very roots of my writing career, penning the true tale of our beloved ancient Norway Spruce tree and his sapling son, done from the trees' point of view, reminiscent in style to my KHAN: A MAINE COON, and, an older tale I read as a child called BIG TREE. OLD GENT is now available!.
One of my favorite hobbies has been collecting, showing and customizing model horses. This hobby spawned a set of stories I call THE SECRET LIFE OF MODEL HORSES. Volume One is available.
I have begun work on MAINE COON KAI, the story of my gigantic beautiful red tabby Maine Coon's life, in much the same style as KHAN: A Maine Coon. Both books immortalize two wonderful Maine Coon cats that graced my life, who left behind treasured memories, and love that never fades.
Owned by four cats, three of which are Maine Coon cats, I live with my husband in the rolling hills of northwestern Connecticut.
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The woman and her spouse proved different, and his attitudes towards humans changed. The old tree experienced a new emotions, and gained the name of Old Gent. When terror from the skies threatened the lands, he stood strong, determined to shield the home and owners he now loved, and paid a price. As decades weakened his ancient body with internal decay from injuries, he regrew lost limbs, racing to once again tower into the skies. He managed to spiral a few seeds against the foundation of the old house, and his offspring sprouted.
One in particular, felt ready to take over the duties of their sire when the fateful day of the felling arrived. But as tranquil as life seemed to the baby Norway Spruce and his landmates, danger lurked, ready to cut short Young Gent’s life, long before he ever grew large enough to keep a promise to his sire and the homeowner.
Quick fun reads, they take the reader more worlds of the fantastic, from the dark tale of Kaekodemon, who is murdered and returns as a spirit to enact revenge on her killer for her kittens, to the fun, lighthearted Keeper of Word, a tiny winged equine who wakes, unable to recall who she is.