Phil Hickes was born in the UK where he lived next door to a graveyard – a perfect breeding ground for a future writer of children’s horror stories. He now lives with his wife in Portland, Oregon, where he works as an advertising copywriter.
Phil has a passion for horror, ghosts, and all things that go bump in the night. His short stories have been published in adult horror anthologies, but Phil turned his hand to writing middle grade as he wanted to create the same visceral thrill he remembers from reading Alan Garner, Clive King and Roald Dahl.
In this episode, Phil talks to Nikki Gamble about the Bewitching of Aveline Jones, the second book about a curious girl drawn to paranormal mysteries.
About the Bewitching of Aveline Jones
Turn on your torches and join Aveline Jones!
Aveline is thrilled when she discovers that the holiday cottage her mum has rented for the summer is beside a stone circle. Thousands of years old, the local villagers refer to the ancient structure as the Witch Stones, and Aveline cannot wait to learn more about them. Then Aveline meets Hazel.
Impossibly cool, mysterious yet friendly, Aveline soon falls under Hazel’s spell. In fact, Hazel is quite unlike anyone Aveline has ever met before, but she can’t work out why. Will Aveline discover the truth about Hazel, before it’s too late?
Join the world of Aveline Jones, where mysteries are solved, spirits are laid to rest, and everybody gets to bed on time.