Interview with P.J. Reed

Tell us about your haiku books?
I have written several haiku collections including:
‘Haiku Nation’, a magical collection of powerful modern haiku.

‘Frozen Haiku’, a thought-provoking collection of imaginative, visually stunning haiku. This collection explores the magical transformations, discoveries, and interactions with nature as winter tightens her grip over the sleeping landscape.

‘Haiku Yellow’, a breathtaking collection of stunning images captured and written in haiku verse. This collection explores the excitement and drama as the yellow of springtime bursts through the bleakness of winter, throughout the Devon countryside in a series of dramatic moments captured forever in her fresh, crisp verse.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Having other people read and enjoy your work.
What are you working on next?
My next book is my high fantasy novel entitled, ‘The Torcian Chronicles’, it is a magical tale of two warring countries. Torcia is a green land, which has forbidden the use of magic. Her magic users and creatures are confined to the fringes of society and their actions carefully monitored by the Protectors. Mivir, their neighbour, has embraced the magical properties of their land and created a magically enhanced army. However, their country’s natural awesung resources, the foundation of its magical energy has been depleted s they looked west to their sleeping neighbour. Torcia was ill-prepared for the invasion and city by city their land was conquered and burnt by the invading army. In a desperate attempt to save his land, the King of Torcia, met the last remaining warlock in Torcia and asked him to go on a suicide mission to enter Mivir and destroy the country from within.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favourite authors are Matthew Reilly, Patricia Cornwall and Kathy Reichs. They influenced me in the way their stories are exciting, full of action and contain real characters which you can relate to.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The fact that I have writing unfinished.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like photography, reading, exploring and going to the cinema.
What is your writing process?
I tend to write late at night listening to horror or epic music tracks from Youtube depending on the story genre I'm working on.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I read was Lanky Jones by Catherine Cookson. I was amazed at the realness of her characters and the multiple stories weaved into one ending. From reading her story I decided I wanted to write action based books with real characters with all their human fragility and strength.
How do you approach cover design?
I get a gifted artist to do them instead.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My favourite authors are Matthew Reilly, Patricia Cornwall and Kathy Reichs. They influenced me in the way their stories are exciting, full of action and contain real characters which you can relate to.
What do you read for pleasure?
I am currently reading ‘Scarecrow’ by Matthew Reilly.
Published 2016-08-17.
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