You ever just randomly connect with someone and become fast friends and you genuinely want them to succeed? Somewhere along the line, Pete and I connected and I feel like I’ve known him my whole life. I’ve loved seeing his new works arrive and I’m so happy to have him on 3Q’s today!
Please, do welcome Pete!
Steve: What does your writing time look like? Do you try and write at the same time each day? Do you have a word count you attempt to hit?
Pete: I’m going to say something here that’s anathema to many writers (at least to their social media personas). I’ve stopped writing for the time being, and I’m okay with that. It’s not permanent. I’ve spent years putting in the daily grind. I know what it takes. When I’m ready for that level of commitment again, I’ll dive back in. Anyone who’s read the preface to my new horror collection, Fool’s Fire, knows that I have plenty of fiction planned for the future, but I also started a new job recently. It’s rewarding, but it’s also demanding. It’s going to take everything I’ve got for a while. Give me a few months and I’ll take up my hair shirt and scourge once more, demanding of myself that I write at least some amount each day. I take the craft of writing seriously, so I have no interest in half-assing it.
Steve: You end up at an estate sale and discover an unpublished manuscript from an author you love. Do you keep it just for yourself or do you share it with the world?
Pete: Fun question! And potentially revealing, morally. If the author was still living, I’d probably reach out to them directly and honor their wishes as to the manuscript’s fate (after reading it, of course). But if it was the work of a deceased writer, I’d likely keep it. If a library, museum, or collector was interested, I’d be willing to negotiate. Ha!
Steve: Tell me about your newest release (novel/story/poem/novella) and why someone should read it!
Pete: Fool’s Fire has been out since October 1, and it’s my third in-print collection. This is me returning to my horror roots, so I hope that fact alone is appealing to some readers. Since my last horror collection I’ve published an assassination novel, a crime collection, a book of poetry, and a children’s fantasy novel, so it was refreshing to let out the reins a bit with this collection, in terms of a terror quotient. Plus, Alan M. Clark provided the cover art. What more incentive do you need?
Steve: Bonus Question! You wake up in a comic book. What is your comic book character and what is your superpower?
Pete: Version 1: Skip Driscoll, private music tutor. I pass out drunk in an alfalfa field one night and wake up in Victorian London the next morning, invisible but able to start fires with my snot (unable not to, in fact). Chaos ensues.
Version 2: Dubbed the Cutter by newspapers and TV anchors, I roam the streets of Fargo, North Dakota, excising the indigent–for a fee. People pay to watch from the shadows as I slice and dice the homeless and destitute. No jail can hold me, as I’ve been able to control all types of metal with my will ever since a cranial injury in a smelting plant left me near dead. Not that incarceration comes up all that often. In fact, I’ve never been jailed for the thing I’m most known for.
Version 3: Captain Apathy. My hyper-acute hearing allows me to pinpoint the distress of the victimized. The hell of it is, I can’t be bothered to do anything about it. Crime in my city is on the rise, while I order another pizza and drink another beer. There must be something worth watching on YouTube.
Haha, love it! And love that we got some great variety!
Thank you so much for doing this Pete!
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