Peter Meredith is the author of The Punished, available on Amazon for Kindle.
Why do you write?
For the fame and the chicks... I mean, I love the written word in all its forms (except poetry, which really sucks.)
How many books have you written?
4 plus a novelette.
What inspired you to write your (latest) book?
My first book inspired me. Even before I had finished it, I had decided I would turn it into a trilogy. At the time, I had no idea what the second book would be about, let alone the third. I just fell in love with my own characters and wanted to see them grow.
What is your favorite genre to read?
All, save romances. I just can't get into girl porn. Stop shaking your head. I know that you ladies are out there asking yourselves, "What did he just say? Did he just call my Nicolas Sparks novel Girl Porn? Oh no he di-int!" (That was really pathetic, I know.)
Is your writing style at all influenced by those of your favorite authors?
Probably, but from my own perspective, I can't see it.
Which is your favorite book that you’ve written?
My first, The Horror of the Shade. There is a ton of myself and my past experiences in it.
What is your opinion of the art of writing?
Let's equate it to music. Jane Austen is the symphony, beautiful but really kinda dull. Stephen King is Elvis. Whatever he writes turns to gold. Me? In all honesty, if I were ever to reach my goal, I would be the Tom Petty of writing. A little ugly and with an odd tone but still able to put out some good stuff. No can resist singing along to American Girl... Oh yeah, all right. Take it easy baby. Make it last all night. She was, an American girl...
What advice would you give someone who is just beginning their own novel?
Go away! I don't need the competition. Really, that's no joke. Go play in traffic. Actually, I don't know if I can offer advice. I never took advance English classes or creative writing courses, in fact, one of my first classes at Hunter college was a remedial English class and I failed that, mainly because I never bothered to attend. I got into writing on a whim. One day in October of last year, I decided I would write a book. It filled my mind constantly. Everywhere I went, whatever I was doing, my thoughts were on my characters. What would they do in a given situation? How would they logically or illogically react? Do I let them spin out of control on an emotional level now, or do I have them hold it together till Johnny dies?
Do you have any funny and / or interesting stories about how you’ve come up with plots or characters?
I could come up with something, but somebody limited me to 500 words!
Coke or Pepsi?