I am an author, editor and researcher, specialising in non-fiction.
My subject areas cover history/social history, Egyptology, psychology, esoterica and Freemasonry.
My books are written/edited under the name Philippa Faulks and include: The Masonic Magician: the Life and Death of Count Cagliostro and his Egyptian Rite, A Handbook for The Freemason’s Wife, Secrets of Meditation,Henna Magic: Crafting Charms & Rituals with Sacred Body Art, Modern Mantras, The Zen Diet Revolution: The Mindful Path to Permanent Weight Loss, Cagliostro – The Unknown Master: A Critical and Historical Study of High Magic.
I have travelled extensively but my ultimate favourite place is Egypt. When able, I spend several weeks there at least twice a year.
My forthcoming book with Amberley Publishing (publication date scheduled for Autumn/Winter 2022) explores the lives and roles of the powerful God’s Wives – women who were the divine consorts of Amun.
My love for writing began at an early age. I was an avid reader as a child and the passion for books and all they entail continues to this day. For me, researching and writing is akin to detective work – the sheer thrill of discovery, of delving into people’s lives, and the places they lived and loved in. Sharing that information is a secondary joy. That is why I love working in all areas of the writing and publishing industry; not only have I have personally experienced the journey from idea to print and beyond but I have helped many others achieve their dream of becoming a published author – you can’t put a price on that!
With two decades of experience working as an author, editor and publishing professional, I am able to offer help and advice to those who wish to write and be published. I offer one-to-one or group coaching/consultancy; with courses aimed at newbie writers, established authors, or those interested in a career in publishing. I have completed certified courses with The Publishing Training Centre.
I am passionate about research. One of the most exciting things about writing a book/feature/essay, is the discovery of facts, fictions, and everything in between. The art of being a good researcher is in finding the truth; being as unbiased as possible, and able to resist the inevitable plummet down the rabbit hole! Research and writing is sharing knowledge and that is a powerful, and responsible task.
Editing and Proofreading
My work as an editor and proofreader includes the copy-editing and proofing of mainstream and specialist knowledge non-fiction books, magazines, digital content editing, and clients in the professional sector. I am currently editor of the Square magazine, an online, all digital platform. My specialist expertise covers history, esoteric, ancient and modern Egypt, health, and Freemasonry.
I love travel. Period! Writing researching and travel are a symbiotic threesome. Travel is not just a holiday to the beach or a skiing trip, it is immersion in the world. Sights, sounds, smells, tastes, the feel of the culture, a new environment that cries out to be witnessed and documented. I can’t just sit on a beach or stare at my phone on a hotel sun lounger; I have to dip more than a toe – hell, I dive right in!
Travel = people + places = stories. Stories are what connects us all – our histories, our trials and tribulations, our sorrows, joys and successes – all these things are the fabrics of our societies. It’s what makes us tick. It’s what makes a great story!