On the hot seat this week is fiction writer, author and talent and people specialist Omar Zac Phillips.
Interviewer: Thank you Omar for joining us here at Richible on the hot seat. I guess you are used to finding yourself in difficult situations as a fiction writer having to come up with new stories that capture your audience?
Omar: That is a excellent way to look at it. I am always having to imagine myself in many difficult situations and then think how the sausages I’m I going to get out of this one and then a great book is born.
Interviewer: A writer is that what you always wanted to be?
Omar: I had a concept in my mind about a story that I wanted to write since my late teens which sprung out of a conversation I had with a friend of mine at the time, I sat down now as an adult and began to type the story and then read and then re-read what I’d wrote. I was actually impressed with my own writing.
Interviewer: Tell me when you first knew you were a writer?
Omar: I had a concept in my mind about a story that I wanted to write since my late teens which sprung out of a conversation I had with a friend of mine at the time, I sat down now as an adult and began to type the story and then read and then re-read what I’d wrote. I was actually impressed with my own writing. And felt I had a knack for it, so I continued, as I explored my own personal soul I discovered I had tapped a stream deep within me that I’d had all along but overlooked, ignored and never before explored.
Interviewer: What was your first impression of the writing world?
Omar: Initially I felt the doors to this realm were not open to someone like me, I had little knowledge of it essentially in the contexts in which I felt drawn to write, so I immediately began to broaden my reading.
Interviewer: Have you always known that you where an entrepreneur?
Omar: To be honest I don’t see myself as an entrepreneur, I certainly nurse the dream of independence that comes from being able to draw income from my own work and having the freedom to concentrate on my own work predominantly, I have realised you can not sit on your laurels though and wait for others to discover you or spend your life chasing external approval, sometimes you have to hire yourself and develop yourself to excellence and create your own opportunities. I also firmly believe in aligning yourself with others with the skill set you lack in order to achieve your mutual objectives.
Interviewer: What are your favourite colours?
Omar: My favourite colour of all time is a deep metallic brown which is almost black that I saw on a car once, I’d like a Jaguar XK8 in that colour with Orange seats which leads me on to Orange and Purple, I’ve always wanted a Purple suit and I love tan leather in shoes, belts, jackets and brief cases, and car seats. It isn’t a straight forward question for me I like colours and I guess the ones mentioned above essentially are my favourites.
What was the first book you read?
What is your writing style?
I’m an INFP so my personality draws most from other writers of the same temperament, John the Disciple, C.S. Lewis, I like to see words from obscure perspectives and to paint pictures with words.
Interviewer: Can you tell us about your new book and what its all about?
Omar: The predominant project I am currently promoting is After-Sales Service in the Kingdom of God, I wrote this book out of the experiences I’d had with religion after being involved in a Heavy Shepherding church. I learnt the hard way that their are people more than willing to exploit human spirituality and to capitalise on individuals heart felt passion to know and be known by their creator. This book is about the imperative for Spiritual organisations and leaders to be environments and individuals that equip and empower people to discover their unique purpose and the purpose their creator put them on earth if indeed we have any desire to do the creators work or be a part of it.
Interviewer: What is the difference between a writer and author if any?
Omar: There are writers of magazine articles and scripts for plays or cinema. There are also song writers all such individuals need to be people who have a way with words to stand out and be exceptional, but an author is someone who may also use those form but whose primary form of expression is a book.
Interviewer: What do you wish other people knew about you?
Omar: I guess the one thing that I always hope others take away from encountering me is that I was sincere.
Interviewer: Tell us about Dufella and what its all about?
Omar: Dufella is my Blog, its a place where I can express the primary message that my heart wished to convey to humanity which is that life is a gift, and we all have the right to fight to have the best life possible. Therefore it is my musings from my perspective concerning my journey to achieve that with the hope that it’ll inspire others to do the same.
Interviewer: What might (someone) be surprised to know about you?
Omar: It’s an ominous question, theirs all sorts people don’t know about me, likewise me about them I guess. O.K. I’m black; most people think I’m middle eastern or southern European. But my mother is Caribbean so at the very least half of me is a black man.
Interviewer: How would (someone) describe you?
Omar: White; I don’t know, this again is a very ominous question. I think once people get to know me they’ll discover I’m a very passionate person. I have thoughts about most things although I reserve them for opportune moments. I’m friendly and welcoming and believe in others I also try to be funny.
Interviewer: Thank you for taking out the time form your busy schedule to join us here at Richible we wish you all the best in the future with your coming book releases.
Omar: The pleasure is mine.