Saturday 26th October 2013
Bookish Banter is proud to present today’s Featured Author.
Author of the blog Beyond the edge of Reality
Please just give us a short intro all about you.
I suppose I have always been a closet writer, that is to say not many people ever really knew, with the exception of a few friends and family it’s been kept relatively quiet.
I have seen it more as a hobby or interest along with all my other hobbies and interests over the years and although I do have my name to a number of articles for metaphysical magazines, games magazines and across numerous websites I don’t consider myself a published author, although others will beg to differ on that point.
I beg to differ 😉 And hey! I think a lot of writers have had to come out of the closet at some point 😉
What part of the planet do you call home?
The county of Essex in the UK since the year 2000 although born in SE London and spent most of my years of life in Kent
How long have you been writing?
I used to love writing stories at school back in the early seventies, and again that love was rekindled in the late seventies, in fact some of what I am doing now derived from old drafts from back then. Over the last year and having a bit more time on my hands the idea of completing a couple of large writing projects has become more of an obsession than a hobby and become a far more realistic prospect of it happening.
Have you got a book to promote at the moment and can you tell us a little bit about it please?
The easy answer is no. I am writing my first sci-fi novel and am pretty well near completing the first draft but will still be padding out some areas such as my main characters. The name may yet change but at present it will be called Past Tense, and based on an idea I had many years ago about someone going back in time to change their life for the better.
🙂 Time Travel! My favourite subject. 🙂
Are you working on anything else at the moment?
Yes, I tend to keep myself fully occupied and I am actually writing a second novel unrelated to the one above that has actually been published as a wargames world scenario the idea has now become very deep and becoming more of an off world sci-fi fantasy set in the past and the future again. At the moment it is called The Survival Wars but because I have now changed where it is going I may have to rename it, writing two gives me something to do if I get stuck on the other.
Where did the inspiration for your latest book come from?
Past Tense is an old idea from the late seventies and had a fair bit done from way back, most of what I am doing now has been rattling around in my head since the Eighties but I never had the time or inspiration to do anything about it. I’m fascinated by time travel so a lot of what I do is based around that.
Yay! You are a man after my own heart with all this talk of Time Travel
Which genre do you write for or do you cross genres?
Mainly sci-fi/ fantasy, but I have found ways of crossing into the world of metaphysics; whether it’s a genre I don’t know.
Well – to be honest I write a lot about spiritual and metaphysical ideas as do many other people too Peter, so I suppose it must be a genre – it is certainly something I would read. 😉
Did you do a lot of research for the book and how did you tackle it?
Yes lots, the trouble is the more you find the more questions I have, so that is one of the biggest parts of what I am doing.
I can definitely relate to that Peter – especially with sci-fi research – I get lost on the internet sometimes when I’m researching and usually lose the plot completely (or so my kids keep telling me – Mother you’ve lost the plot! They say – I know it’s just my age! I tell them 😉
Do you think you have improved as a writer since beginning your book and what lessons have you learnt about the process?
I have seen improvement yes, my writing tends to flow better, I’ve even noticed it on the various blogs I do and I’m less likely to go back and edit articles.
Any stumbling blocks in the writing process for your latest book?
Stumbling blocks? Well in a way, describing a time travelling process is always going to be difficult but my way of thinking is – make it believable.
What is it that you love so much about writing?
Mainly the peace, I write during the day, turn off the phones and get on with it; I’ve never known 6 hours to pass so quickly.
I’m with you there Peter! Sometimes I lose so much time in the process I think I must be a Time Traveller! 😀
Did you craft a carefully well thought out plan for the book or did it just flow naturally?
This one flowed well because the idea has been with me so long, a couple of short stories I’m doing and The Survival Wars require a lot more planning, especially Survival Wars as time lines may become important for a future sequel
Do you have a blog and do your fans encourage you?
I have a blog, although quite new, so still feeling the ground.
Self-published or traditional or both?
That depends on a few things, self-published first although would like to take the traditional route.
Is your book a part of a series?
No ‘Past Tense’ is a one off
What other passions do you have apart from writing?
That’s a good one although most are just as obsessive for me as writing, I’m a collector of old stuff that nobody else seems to want, mainly old technology and electrical items, love the designs and looks of the older machines, one day they may even be worth something.
Ooh! Intriguing! Maybe you’ll invent a Time Machine out of all the old parts (jumps up and down clapping hands together) – my imagination is running away with me! 😉 – when you do come back and I’ll interview you for Time Traveller’s United – I love interviewing real live Time Travellers!
Do you have any inspirational heroes, literary or otherwise who have really influenced you?
Micheal Morecock was and still is a favourite, the best trilogy I’ve ever read was by Mervyn Peake, the Gomenghast trilogoy, very descriptive and very readable.
🙂 Excellent selection – I am including links for our readers. 🙂
How do you pace yourself with writing and do you have a special place to do it?
I have had targets of about 5000 word a week, in some cases I have done that in a day, and probably the only reason my first draft is done, as of a special place, no, the same computer and desk I use all the time
Yes I think a comfortable and calm place to work is a must – my life is too chaotic to write religiously – must get that sorted!
Do you belong to any writers’ circles and does it help you to focus?
No, not got around to it, never seem to have the time
I would highly recommend it – however the MARsocial internet group that you belong to is just as good as the face to face in your local community kind. It is a place to talk to like-minded people and ask questions, get advice and network etc.
If you could give one piece of advice to a budding author – what would it be?
The first and I believe the most important is write it, don’t spend too much time thinking about it or researching details, get in down on paper or the computer and out of your head, I found this the most useful piece of advice and is why I have the first draft done. Yes it does need padding and yes it will need the grammar and pronunciation checking but it’s sitting quite happily on my computer rather than in my head for the first time, that in itself is an achievement.
🙂 Well done Peter and may I say you should be very proud of yourself. And by the way – that is an excellent piece of advice – I need to take heed of it myself as I spend far too much time (years) in the writing of my novels! (Rolls eyes and smacks forehead – get it done! Yes! I agree completely!) 🙂
Where can we like your fan pages?
My main points of contact are the blog at http://beyond-the-edge-of-reality.com/ or on Twitter https://twitter.com/Scruffyhippo
Thank you so much Peter for joining in the fun here on the Bookish Banter – look forward to reading your books and possibly featuring you on Time Travellers United when you invent a real live working Time Machine 😉
❤ Xx Laura Crean xX ❤
If you are an Author and would like to be featured on the Bookish Banter please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Author Interview’ in the title and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can. Oh yes and if you are a Time Traveller get in contact too because I just loooooove interviewing time travellers for the Time Traveller’s United blog ;