Today I have Peter Perrin on my blog with his first release, Grace's Turmoil. Before we read about the book, let's ask Peter a few questions.
1. How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend?
The names, especially of the main characters, are highly important. I research names appropriate to the year/period the book is set in and the nationality of the character.
2. What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Writing my debut novel, Grace’s Turmoil, and getting it published. This is because I have never done any serious writing before or read even one romance novel. Not to mention doing it and getting published at the age of seventy-three.
3. Are you a plotter or a pantster?
I’m naturally a pantster. But although it was fun to write that way the book probably took at least twice as long to write as it would have done if I’d done at least some planning. For future books I’ll do an outline and some planning.
4. What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing process?
The editing/proofing process with the publishers was hard, but marketing has proved to be even worse. Finding out about online marketing has made my ageing brain ache, and I’ve pulled out most of the little amount of hair I had left when I started it.
5. Is this your first book? If so, what is your next project?
Yes, it is. The original idea was for a single novel, but people have asked if some of the minor characters could have their own book(s). Because of that, and because I enjoyed writing it so much, I plan on writing at least two more. They will be part of a series ‘Not Too Old for Love’.
Very interest answers to the question, Peter, thanks for sharing. Let's take a look at the video!
Great video, Peter. Can you give us a little more information about the book?
Divorced and emotionally damaged, artist Grace Stollery wants nothing more than to spend her semi-retirement painting and let time heal her emotional scars.
But when dashing widower Alfred Nobel moves into her retirement village he turns her life upside down and her heart inside out by awakening feelings she wants to keep dormant.
Alfred quickly sets out to woo Grace and slowly she warms to him. But the village’s resident femme fatale wants him for herself. Will she succeed in driving a wedge between Alfred and Grace?
Grace jabbed at the volume button on the remote control, turning up the sound on the television. She was trying to drown out the chatter which filled the palatial residents’ lounge. It had been like that for days, and she’d grown tired of it. Who would have thought the imminent arrival of one man could affect mature ladies like that?
One of the things which had appealed to her when she moved to The Grange retirement village was the lack of men. Yet a man who aroused feelings in her she didn’t want was going to add to their number.
Grace had caught a glimpse of him across The Lounge a few months ago, taking the standard tour of The Grange. He'd towered over the young woman he’d been with, and she’d guessed he was at least six-foot-five. Built like a tank, with a mass of wavy white hair and a snow-white beard, he’d reminded her of a polar bear. His presence had been overpowering and almost menacing. An image of him defending a seventeenth century mansion in days gone by had jumped into her mind.
Looking at him had sent a spontaneous burst of attraction rippling through her. It had caught her by surprise. Becoming attracted to anybody was the last thing she’d needed right then. Her divorce had been too recent and too painful. All she wanted was to focus on her painting to block out the pain. Although she hadn’t come there to look for a man, there was no denying how she’d reacted to the sight of him. She wondered how she would cope when they met. And she couldn’t help feeling he was going to have quite an impact on her life. Whether it would be a good impact or not was the million-dollar question. He might be the greatest thing since sliced bread! Or he could turn out to be a snake in the grass like her ex-husband.
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A very interesting book. Let's see what we can find out about Peter.
Peter Perrin writes sweet, seasoned romances involving larger-than-life mature characters who will make you rethink your views on older people in a positive way. His characters are mature in age but not necessarily in their behaviour. They may not be in the first flush of youth but that doesn’t stop some of them acting like hormonal teenagers.
Peter was born in Romford, in the county of Essex, near London, England. For nearly twenty years he has lived with his wife of almost forty years in a quiet suburb of Swindon, in the county of Wiltshire, in England. He is a father and grandfather.
He is a former member of The Royal Air Force who has served in the UK, and in Madagascar, Singapore, and Saudi Arabia. He was also stationed for two years in Aden—which nowadays is part of Yemen.
After almost fifteen-years’ service in The Royal Air Force Peter worked in Engineering, Quality Control, and Procurement Management, not to mention myriad smaller jobs in between those careers.
Now retired Peter’s interests are Writing, Carp Fishing, and (despite being in his early seventies) PC and PlayStation games.
His favourite quote is “Youth passes, but with luck, immaturity can last a lifetime.”
Amazon Author Page: n/a until published on Amazon (approx. 22nd to 25th December 2017)
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