Phil lands a novel project after fall
Silver lining: Author puts pen to paper after roofing accident
IN 1994, Phil Hedger was working on a roof, doing a handyman job for a mate, when he fell through it, 30 feet onto a concrete floor.
With a broken back, fractured skull and broken neck, Phil dragged himself outside to his car, where a neighbour spotted him and called for help.
Phil still doesn’t know how he survived the accident, but he does know his extra-long stay in hospital and restricted movements inspired an entire book of a quarter of a million words.
This was the beginning of his first novel, When Thunder Rolls.
“I’ve been telling stories since I was young,” the Eidsvold author said.
Phil’s storytelling has a fireside quality about it.
He captures the imagination quickly and skilfully. You might be watching him, but in your mind’s eye rolls a film, filled with his characters and their antics.
There’s something special about a good storyteller. It’s not just the words they choose, or the storyline – it’s also their oratory skills, dramatics or simply, their voice.
Phil’s thoughts and stories were written down due to a disaster that really should have killed him: When Thunder Rolls is the silver lining in a dark cloud.
Feeling the hand of God in his second chance, Phil wasted no time sitting around – he got home as fast as he was able (considering his injuries) and embarked on a writing career.
After dalliances with TV scripts and documentaries, and short stories for Truckin’ Life magazine, he felt there was still more.
“I remembered the encouragement, way back in 1994, from the nursing staff at the hospital,” Phil said.
“I mustered the courage to put my old rough notes onto a computer, thus setting the wheels in motion.”
When Thunder Rolls was published in 2010, and for the past four years Phil has travelled Australia in his customised bus, promoting his book and telling stories.
He has done many fireside readings at roadside camps and caravan parks around the country and has a fan trail far and wide.
Phil has now made his home in Eidsvold, and is in the process of writing four new books, all in different genres.
He said he never wanted to be stuck with one format.
“I have other books in the pipeline, one of which is Marlowe and Juliet, marketed as the true story of Romeo and Juliet, give or take a lie or two,” Phil said.
“And Shadow, which was born from stories about an enchanting wolf that I used to tell my daughter as a bedtime story.”
STORYTELLER: Phil Hedger is keeping himself busy, with four projects in the works at the moment, all of different genres.