This is part 1 of a talk by Stephen Phillips, an award-winning author of both fiction books and non-fiction articles on the military. He spoke at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis, the talk was sponsored by the Maryland Writers Association.

He shares the story of his ongoing journey as a writer, and talk about his publishing paths – both as a commercially published author and your self-published experience.

About the author: Stephen Phillips graduated from the USNA in 1992 and served in the U.S. Navy as a Special Operations Officer and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician. His debut novel, Proximity, is praised for its exciting an authentic view of life in a military bomb squad. Proximity garnered a Gold Medal from the Military Writers Society of America. The Naval Institute Press published Stephen’s second novel, The Recipient’s Son. Set at the U.S. Naval Academy in the 1990s, it is the story of a young man’s struggle to come to terms with his legacy as the son of a war hero and with doubts about his own courage.

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video and editing by me. Sorry about the video quality. The room was not well-lit.

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