Welcome back to the Book Squirrel’s “Nuts About Writers” series of author interviews.
The Book Squirrel sat down recently to interview James B. Peartree, author of Pack: The Three Moons and its soon-to-arrive sequel.
Thanks for joining us today, James. Why don’t you start by telling us what inspired you to write?
What inspired me to write most of all, was my desire to redefine the werewolf mythos sensitively, without dragging it kicking and howling into the 21st century. Although if I’m being totally honest, I’ve loved writing from an early age and was looking for a suitable excuse to do so.
What’s your favourite book by written by someone else?
My favorite thing that someone else has written has to be Glen Duncan’s The Last Werewolf. It’s a book you actually devour and once finished, you want to go back to the beginning and read it all over again.
What are you working on writing now?
I am currently working on the third book in the ‘Pack’ trilogy and another paranormal novel. I think it’s important to keep another project running at the same time as your primary one. It seems to work for me at least.
That sounds like it keeps you busy! What’s the best vacation you’ve had?
The best vacation/holiday I’ve ever had was travelling to Sri Lanka with my family when I was 10. I’d never been abroad up until then and it really opened my eyes to the world beyond East London and Essex.
What movie can you watch over and over again?
The movie I could watch over and over again would be An American Werewolf in London. I still love it to this day and strongly believe that it doesn’t need to be remade with modern CGI methods. If they could do a director’s cut of the original where they added back in some of the deleted scenes, this would be good enough for me and most other die hard AAWIL fans.
What is your pet hate? Have you ever built it into a character or used it in your writing?
My pet hate is people who are pig-ignorant, bigoted or even worse, both. I wouldn’t say that I’ve made a conscious effort to add these traits to any of the characters in anything I’ve written. Although they are traits that are commonly found amongst evildoers I suppose.
What’s your favourite thing that you have written?
The one thing I like the most which I have written would be a short story titled Maurice. It would fall into the ‘psychological paranormal’ subgenre if that subgenre even exists. There I go again, creating my own subgenres. It should be published at some point in the near future, probably in a charitable publication.
There’s nothing wrong with creating your own subgenres. That might be an effective way to create a niche market.
Thanks! What’s the best book you’ve read this year?
The book I’ve enjoyed reading the most this year was Lies by T M Logan. It had me gripped from the very start and I struggled to put it down; reading until the summer sunrise was repeated until I’d finished it.
What would you like people to know about being an Indie author?
What aspiring writers should know about being an indie author, is that it’s an arduous process from opening chapter to release date. After which you have to get your next book written and out there whilst promoting the first as well. In short, don’t expect to write ‘The End’ then sit back and watch the royalties roll in. This only ever happens for world best-selling authors I do believe.
Name two things in life that you wish were easier.
The two things in the world that I wish were easier are:
a) Getting aid to areas of the world where it’s desperately needed.
b) Bringing those who persecute the weak or defenceless to justice.
I so agree! It’s hard for us little guys to know how to help make that happen, though!
It sure is, Squirrel.
So, James, where can we find your books?
You can find my books on Amazon.