I am delighted to have author Peter Best join me today. His novel, The Burden of Truth was published on the 23rd of March and is available to purchase from Amazon.
If you were to ask Peter Best about how his writing started, he would no doubt answer, a long time ago, when he was at school. Most probably, he would then go on to say something about his English teacher saying many things about his writing style, and how he always wrote with a sense of excitement in his words. Miss Chicken was her name, and she was a great inspiration, and it was her who planted the seeds in his mind to write.
Perhaps, Peter may even go on to say how he loves writing dialogue. Not just between two people mind you. Peter always tried to incorporate many voices into whatever conversation they were meant to be having, as long as it was animated. Often Peter talks with his hands, and so does his characters too.
All in all, this love of writing has never left Peter, as a matter of fact he has written many things over the years. Not just dialogue, perhaps a description of whatever is in front of his eyes at the time, or whatever is in his head at the time. Probably stuff that will never see the light of day, but that doesn’t matter. As long as he has a pen and paper in his hand he will write something. Even if it is just to go in a drawer and never see the light of day again, he doesn’t mind.
However, it wasn’t until later in life he started writing novels. It would have been sometime after he returned from a spell living in Germany when he was convinced to start on a book. “Too big of a task; it’ll take years,” he might have said to himself. But he did start, and yes it was a big task, and certainly did take years. Over five, if the truth was known, and it wasn’t just a few hours now and again he might add.
So there it was. By the time he came up with his plot ideas, carrying out his research as well as writhing the thing, then re-writing it because it was just not good enough The Burden of Truth was complete, and now he’s just waiting with baited breath, to see how things go.
Another thing about Peter, he has a great fondness of the mountains, especially in winter. He may tell you one of the greatest things he loves doing is skiing.
Quite often, you will find Peter doing one thing at the end of the skiing day and that is, while all the others on the mountain are skiing back to their hotels, Peter is catching the last lift going all the way to the top. Here he will wait, often sitting all alone, just waiting for the ski lifts to stop turning and letting the remaining skiers slowly carve to the bottom of the hill leaving nothing but silence apart from the distant rumblings of the piste groomers and the wind. Peter loves this time alone. Often it’s times like this when he gets his ideas from. As a matter of fact it was one of these times when sitting on a mountain, in the cold, but in perfect peace, he had the idea of how to start one of the strands of the sequel to The Burden of Truth. However, that’s a story to be told some other time.
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Favourite book as a child?
Wow, that was a long time ago. From what I can remember, this would have been a book I think I got for a Christmas present one year when I was about ten or so. It was indeed, the all time classic, Robinson Crusoe. Looking back, I think the version I had was a shortened version, but all in all I loved the adventure of it all.
Favourite book as a teenager?
At this time, like a great deal of boys I would imagine, I was very much into adventure stories. One that sticks out was Ice station Zebra, by Alistair MacLean. Once again, I loved this book for the adventure, but at this time I was starting to look more for good plots in stories. This one did not disappoint me. One thing I remember why I loved this story was about how the men just kept on going no matter how hard the conditions were up there in the arctic. Great plot, great adventure against all the odds. What more can a young boy want in a book?
One of my favourite books is, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. For those who have read this story, would no doubt be aware of one of the main characters; Lisbeth Salander. She was brilliant, enigmatic, very cleaver, and extremely intelligent as well as dangerous. Great character.
Favourite book to movie adaption?
Over the years there has always been some great conversations about books being made into films, and more often that not many people say the book was much better than the film. However, a film which I believe did the book justice, was Dan Brown’s Angles and Demons. Great book, loved it a lot, and in all honesty loved the film too. Wasn’t so keen on the film of the Da Vinci code though.
Favourite drink or snack while reading?
I read almost every night after we have all finished our evening meal. Sometimes I have a beer with my meal, and if this is the case then I might have another. However, nine times out of ten, it’s just a plain simple coffee.
Favourite highlight of your writing career?
When I first thought about this, I thought about the great feeling I had when, The Burden of Truth was first released. Of course that will be a feeling I will never forget. However, there are many other times which I can call highlights. One being when I found out my short story had been included in the Dark Minds collection. This gave me a great lift just knowing some of my work was considered good enough to be included in a project like this one, and in a way this was a first for me. Another great highlight for me, was one time, when I looked on Amazon to realise someone had written another review for The Burden of Truth. Luckily for me, I had already received a small number of good reviews, but this one really made my day big style. It was an American lady who left the review, and what she said was that she actually thought long and hard about what I was trying to say. By the looks of things she was the very first person who actually got the message I’m trying to send. I still smile when I think of this now.