Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Interview with Andrew Peters

Interview with Andrew Peters
Author of The Blues Detective

Questions: R. Murry

Hello, Roy...nice to be here in your elegant, spacious home. Beer will be fine...maybe some nachos? Now, what can I tell you?

Can you tell me a little about yourself?
Much of it is classified, but I can give some details. I was born sometime last century to two members of the South Welsh nobility, but decided to renounce my title and make my own way in the world. I have worked unsuccessfully, as a banker, educator of juvenile criminals, agent of the Welsh Secret Service, guitarist and singer, and am currently jobless and penniless in a small Spanish village, where I am treated with kindness and pity.

Do you remember the first story you wrote?                                                          I I do, despite being drunk at the time. It was called first draft (no really) and I wrote it on June 26th 2012

Were you inspired by someone or something?                                                   Red wine and an all-consuming hatred of my ex.

What do you like about writing a story?                                                         Mostly getting the chance to murder all the people I hate in nasty ways without incurring the displeasure of the police. And of course the many millions of dollars I am currently making from them

Can you tell us about your book?                                                                       The one featured here is “The Blues Detective” which was the first one I unleashed back in July. I'd originally planned to write a book of unrelated short stories, and the first story in this book would have been in there. I kept thinking of new ideas for this character, so he ended up in a book of his own. It's all about a Welsh Bluesman who arrives in Memphis to make it big. Sadly he only makes it small, so needs to works as a detective solving Blues-related cases.
Otis King is the name he uses, and he's pretty much the antidote to the tough guy PI, since he avoids trouble and hates violence. Rather like if Raymond Chandler's books had been written by Damon Runyon & PG Wodehouse … though not as good.

What genre best fits for the book?                                                                  Welsh noir-light Blues crime fiction humor

Are you working on something new at the moment?                                           Not at the moment...the voices in my head are silent. Perhaps they are waiting until Amazon sells all my existing stuff.

Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?
Not really, I've only been writing stories for ten months, so it would be arrogant to start dispensing much advice. There's no shortage of it out there. Maybe improve your story-telling abilities, perhaps trying to writing a 500 page novel might not be your best option if you can't hold someone's interest for 5 minutes with a story in a bar.

Where can people go to read your work?
I have about ten things available now, short story collections, novellas and novels and they can all be found on my Amazon author page.
Do you have anything to add?
Apart from begging people to buy all my stories immediately.  Just that I have enjoyed your hospitality...thanks for inviting me round. Sorry about the mess.

1 comment:

  1. Andrew seems as funny in real life as he is on the page...