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Vendor: Creation House
Publication Date: 2011
Philip P. Thurman lives and writes in Lake Mary, Florida, with his wife, Donna, and three children, Matthew, Elizabeth, and Paul. He has written several books, but The Gilded Prospect is his first published novel. His personal and professional life has brought extensive domestic travel, international journeys in Europe and Central America, and childhood in the Alaskan and Canadian forests. He is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hiking, camping, and fishing with a particular appreciation of North America's remaining wilderness. An English major and graduate of Stetson University, he is employed as a manufacturing quality assurance executive.
Author: Philip P. Thurman
Located in: Lake Mary, FL
Submitted: December 14, 2011
Tell us a little about yourself. Although I have written four novels, The Gilded Prospect is my first published work. I have been writing stories almost as long as I learned how to read the stories written by others. I am a blessed man. Now in my early 40s, I believe I have experienced enough of this life to retrospect a comprehension (although not to the level I will ten years from now) of lessons learned.
What was your motivation behind this project? My website details a considerable background of not only this novel but the development guiding me to this point. Considering the harshness of our economic times, the main character's motivation is especially poignant.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? The Gilded Prospect can best be summarized as a fundamental Christian allegory In order to gain everything, you must have the faith in God's will to sacrifice everything. There is heroic courage in having enough faith to follow Gods voice and, even in the face of every obstacle, still pursue your goal.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? The subconscious manifestation of relationships brought to light how blessed my life has been. The characters in the story and the father/son stress was an exact opposite of the love, guidance, and ideal role model my own father brought to my own life. As the story developed, my most significant concern was that I was attempting too much at once - forgiveness, redemption, hope, belief, courage...the list goes on.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? My earliest recollection of a word's power was Charlie Brown. Being the son of a military father, I moved fifteen times and attended thirteen different schools between adolescence and high school. Every summer was spent in the back of our Ford LTD station wagon while I chose abandonment in 4" x 6" newsprints cartoon books. Only a few years later, I was introduced to the adventures of Jules Verne, Robert Heinlein, and Isaac Asimov. Then, my senior year in high school and the light blazed. Our assignment was James Agee's "Knoxville: Summer 1915". I don't believe I went to bed that night. My entire life, I finally found a collection of words that reached a plateau not attainable by any author I had read so far.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: I have read a considerable amount of contemporary fiction and although I appreciate the work of several modern authors, there still seems to be a string of dysfunctionalism, neurosis, and collective negativity that is not appealing. I write modern day morality plays. If I am going to invest my time (and my reader's time) in the hard work of writing, my only and highest hope is that he or she will gain some insight. Whether we recognize it or not, we are ministers from the moment we wake in the morning until our sleep pulls us into unconsciousness at night. We need hope, we need forgiveness, we need to know that The Plan is there whether we choose to acknowledge it or not.