Interview with Peter Red

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Middle East and then India. I had good English teachers in both middle school and high school. My writing took off in middle school around the tenth grade.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing speeches in the third grade. I got a manual typewriter and used to pound out all sorts of things.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My current shortstory, Deluge was written in the aftermath of the floods in Mumbai in 2006. I spent them on the eleventh floor of a highrise. The power was out so I had no idea of how bad things were until the electricity was restored and the television came on. I could not imagine the magnitude of the flood. Stories of great courage began to emerge and one thing followed another and I wrote deluge.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I like the smashwords philosophy of being free. It is also easy-to-use and the platform is evolving very fast. It is author friendly. For example, I do not have an ITIN but smashwords is willing to hold my money for me.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I am free to experiment with thought and love seeing the finished product. I am able to combine my skills in technology and management in more ways than one.
What do your fans mean to you?
I like to take my fans to places of my choosing and give them different experiences. Life is much much more than the rat race it is made out to be.
What are you working on next?
I am working on a couple of shortstories. One is a romance and the other relates to showing how Androids are limited and what can be achieved even with low technology.
Who are your favorite authors?
Fredreck Forsyth, Jules Verne, Alistair McLean, P.G. Woodhouse, J.K. Rowling and many more
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The ability to get new ideas, to know more than what I knew before and yes, a story that I have my head or a computer program I have to write.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am a self-taught computer programmer, I read and I do have a job
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
There is no specific process. Reader reviews, my own searching, various forums etc.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was called emencity and is about a space explorer who is sent to Mars.
What is your writing process?
I start with the plot and then add characters to it. Yes, many modern writers will squirm but that is my process as of now. I dictate many of my stories so I pickup the microphone and start talking.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The Island of adventure by Enid Blyton. I must have read it 3 or 4 times at a stretch.
How do you approach cover design?
I get someone else to do it. <chuckle I am a writer and not a graphics designer. I discuss the idea with the artist and let her handle it.
Published 2013-09-02.
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Books by This Author

Venture Capital, one Mans Journey Toward Redemption In The Midst of Turmoil
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,240. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays, Fiction » Historical » General
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Entrepreneur David Bell has lost it all. His job, his reputation. Dissatisfied with his life he decides to travel, only to crash land during one of the worst floods in Mumbai history. Can he survive the flood and find redemption at the end of it all? Based on the floods that occurred in Mumbai in July 2005, Venture Capital is one mans journey toward redemption in the midst of turmoil