Thanks for having me, C.K. I am an ex-lawyer who enjoys playing the violin and giving my dog long walks in the woods. In between, I write novels.
An ex-lawyer. Very interesting. And it’s very intriguing you play the violin. That is a great talent. Do any of your characters share in your multitude of talents?
I play the violin in my spare time, classical music mostly, and some of my characters do as well. The most notable character is Freddy Sevchek in my novel, The Accidental Lover. Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Kobo, Smashwords
What was your favorite book as a teen? Tell us about it and how it affected you as a person.
I can’t really remember one book. I do remember my AP English class, where we read an interminable number of novels, many of them rather long, and I recall having a hard time keeping all the characters straight. I must have remembered enough of what was going on though, at least until the test, since I got an A. My favorite writers right now I would have to say are Flannery O’Connor (think Wise Blood) and Graham Greene (think The Power and The Glory and The Third Man). It’s their ability to shine a piercing light on the motivations of their characters with spare and yet beautiful language that I admire.
Tell us about the genre you have chosen to write for. Why do write specifically for them?
I write adult thrillers and books for younger readers, as well as books with no specific genre, the so-called literary novel. Authors today are told to write for only one type of market, so that the reader will know what he or she is getting every time a new book comes out. But how can that be? Are we all so one-dimensional? Take a look at my Jake Stone Thrillers, beginning with book one, Deception. Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Kobo, Smashwords.
For a literary novel for readers of all ages, check out Gracie and the Preacher. Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo.
Tell us about your new book, The Quiet Man. How did it come about?
My new book, for which you designed an outstanding cover, is called The Quiet Man. As with most of my books, the main characters are rather flawed, and the story describes their struggles to sort through their various problems, with or without success. Check it out at the following online book sellers. Amazon, Amazon UK, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords.
How has writing affected your life? And what’s your favorite part of being a writer?
It certainly gives me something to do on the weekends. My favorite part of writing is when the book is finally done.
I do agree, finishing a book gives me a great sense of accomplishment. What advice can you give regarding the writing process?
Write fast and hope for the best.
Regarding publication and marketing, what advice can you offer aspiring writers?
Don’t shy away from self publishing. With the advent of e-books, the stigma has mostly disappeared, and you largely direct the process from start to finish.
How can your fans find, follow or friend you?
You can always visit me on my blog at: http://tlpeters.blogspot.com. Listed there are all my novels, all forty two or forty three of them. Sometimes I lose count.
Wow…over forty books. I am impressed. Thanks so much for joining us today Tom. I look forward to reading some of your great novels and wish you great success with all of them.
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