Arthur Phillips is the New York Times-bestselling author of novels as diverse as Prague, The Egyptologist and Angelica. Each one is set in a different time period so brilliantly evoked it's truly hard to believe Phillips doesn't time travel. His newest novel, The Song Is You, will be out in April 2009.
MJR: What are the historical time periods you cover in your next book?
Phillips: It's funny you should ask. I was very proud to have written a very up-to-the-minute contemporary novel; it's set entirely in 2009. And then I just now remembered that it opens in 1953 and spends a lot of time there and in the late 60s and early 70s in the main character's childhood. But after my last two novels — 1920s (and 1640 BC) Egypt and 1880s London — I feel like this new one is practically a science-fiction novel. Of course the title song is from a 1932 musical, and there's a lot of Korean War stuff and references to jazz history and... Oh, never mind.
MJR: How do you delve into a historical