Peter Boody has been a newspaper editor working on eastern Long Island since the 1970s. He lives in Sag Harbor, NY with his wife Barbara. Most recently he published (as an ebook and Createspace paperback) the novel, "Thomas Jefferson, Rachel & Me," a realistic fantasy about Thomas Jefferson having to manage life in the 21st century He previously published "The Consequences of Longing," a novel about the mysteries of marriage and midlife, at the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, VT, which offers the book through Barnes & Noble.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It hasn't. The people looking for books on Smashwords are seeking genre fiction of a certain kind. My books don't fit neatly into genres. And, er ... Did you say "Success"??? I wouldn't say I've been a success as a novelist, at least not in the sense I've sold thousands of books and gained a following and recognition. But I do consider as badges of honor the many 4- and 5-star reviews on Amazon and Goodreads; the hits I was getting in 2012 mostly on Twitter and on websites, posted by complete strangers saying they'd loved the book; the book's selection as a favorite for 2012 by the Urbana Free Library; its acquisition in 2012 by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation's library down the hill from Monticello (the house) and most amazingly the out-of-the-blue inquiry I received by email in August 2013 from a top Beverly Hills agency asking if the film rights were available. Pretty good response for an obscure, self-published, virtually unpromoted niche novel with very modest sales.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting it exactly right. Hitting the nail on the head. Writing one true sentence and going on from there.