Author Peter Darley

Peter Darley (P.D. to his friends) is a British novelist, whose professional history is in show business.

He is a graduate of the Birmingham School of Speech and Dramatic Art, and he studied television drama at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA.)

His television credits include guest-starring roles is UK productions such as BBC’s Crime Ltd, Stanley’s Dragon for ITV, The Bill, and Sky One’s Dream Team, and numerous TV commercials. He has also worked as a model, presenter, and voice-over artiste for ten years, and has acted as an agent for several variety acts.

His lifelong admiration of heroes, and love of roller-coaster-style thrills have been a huge influence on his writings.

He is a keen athlete and lives in rural England.

Peter loves to hear from his readers. You can contact him through his Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PDAuthor

Interview Questions:

What makes you proud to be a writer from Central England? I’m not entirely sure ‘proud’ is the right word. I am exhilarated that writing has enabled me to touch the lives of so many people around the world, who have, in turn, touched mine so profoundly.

What or who inspired you to become a writer? It was always in me, ever since I was a child. I have an innate creative flair, which has led me into numerous occupations in entertainment – from stage and television actor and presenter, to magician, to cabaret, and currently – novelist.

Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? No. I am the Black Sheep of my family, and I have very little in common with any of them in terms of interests and vocational pursuits. I am a maverick who has always done his own thing.

When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? In an attempt to do something ‘normal’, I enrolled in law school and graduated with honors in 2007. By that time, I realized becoming a lawyer was not for me. I’d spent four years writing about some extremely tedious, boring stuff, and it gave me a desire to write something that was fun. My innate writing/creative flair resurfaced, and the rest is history.

What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? I’m caught between two on this one. I am heartened by the people I have bonded with, helped, and who have helped me through our respective, tumultuous journeys into the publishing world. There is also the fact that my last book, Hold On! – Tomorrow, became the first book in history to come with its own official theme song, which was featured on a rock album. The people responsible for this were some of my musical heroes. They have since become some of my closest friends, with whom I am now entering into musical ventures.

How many published books do you have? Four individual titles, one collected Trilogy boxed set, and a novelette.

Hold On-Season 1
Go: Hold On Season 2
Run: Hold On Season 3
The Hold On: Three Book Trilogy Set
Hold On: Tomorrow (A Futuristic Action Thriller)

Do you come up with your title before or after you write the manuscript? It was at about the same time.

Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? I would describe my genre as ‘romantic suspense thriller’ and that’s probably because I am greedy. I want it all under one roof.

My complete genre description for Hold On! is – high-tech action, romantic suspense thriller. ‘Thriller’ is its primary genre tag. While retaining a storyline uniquely its own, the series has a similar tempo or ‘feel’ to the TV shows Prison Break and 24. For this reason, I chose to adopt the unorthodox ‘hypothetical TV series’ approach by labeling the instalments as ‘seasons’ rather than ‘books’ or ‘parts’.  I also have the sci-fi tag on the Trilogy, but it actually isn’t sci-fi. The wondrous gadgets and equipment described in the Trilogy are actually conducive with the capabilities of current technology. However, the fourth book, Hold On! – Tomorrow, takes place in the year 2042, and is most definitely sci-fi. Whether it still will be when 2042 comes around remains to be seen.

I have always been drawn to movies and TV shows of an action-adventure or superheroic nature. I used this in the Hold On! series as a means of conveying myself and my feelings to the world in an ironic and interesting way. The Hold On! series – is who I am.

What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book that you are seeking promotion for? I’d just finished four years in law school, which involved endless writing about some extremely tedious subjects, and I was overcome with a desire to write something exciting for a change.

What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? Have you had a negative experience in your publishing journey? If so please explain how it could have been avoided?

I was picked up four times before I was published. An agent who was interested in Hold On! Encouraged me to continue seeking a publisher because it would have been some time before she got around to it. I found a publisher in the meantime, but they folded one week before Hold On! Was due to go to press. I went back to the literary agent by which time she had retired. I was then tentatively picked up by Fifty Shades of Grey publisher, Writers Coffee Shop, and we worked together on the book for four months. They then went silent, ignoring all of my emails, and with absolutely no explanation.

Generally speaking, communication between parties is virtually non-existent in the publishing world, across the board. This can be fatal to many projects, especially when it comes to promotion. I see no way avoiding this, or any means by which I would have avoided the mishaps that befell me on the way to publication. There are things that happen in life that we simply have no control over.”

What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Even when I have a clear plan for a chapter, some of the coolest, hitherto-unknown ideas come to me while I’m actually writing it.

I have found that rushing through a manuscript will not yield the best results. Giving myself time for those golden ideas just ‘pop in there’ produces the most hair-raising story-lines. Let the process breathe. I can’t sit down and rationally plan a storyline. That usually leads to some fairly boring and sterile ideas because I’m using the intellectual/academic side of my brain rather than the creative. It’s the ideas that involuntarily pop into my head that get the finest reactions.

Draft out ideas as they come into your head. Sitting down and plotting – calculating – the next move usually yields filler material, and can come across as contrived. Often, authors draft out a story as they originally think it’s going to be. By the time they’ve finished, it will contain vast differences from their original vision, and most likely have a completely different ending.

Transition is vital in order to string everything together. But the golden nugget ideas are the ones that just ‘pop in there’. Give the story time to breathe and let it come to you rather than you go to ‘it’. The best ideas write themselves.

Who is your favorite author and why? I don’t have a specific favorite author per se. The best are probably not the ones that I would enjoy – like the classics. I categorize them as ‘school work.’ I am a bit of a renegade in the writing world, in that respect, but I make no apologies.

If backed into a corner I would probably say my favorite author is Stephen King, although having arisen from a film background, my greatest creative influence is legendary Hollywood writer/director/producer, Kenneth Johnson. He is the master of making the incredible credible, and it blows my mind that he actually knows of my existence.

Is there anything else that you would like to share with us? I hope that anybody who reads Hold On! Enjoys it, and that it captures their imagination. I would also like to convey my very best wishes to everybody reading this, and I hope that all of my brother and sister writers achieve the success that they all surely deserve.

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