Interview with A. L. Peevey

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy comes from creating a new world, a new character, or a new adventure that someone else can enjoy or escape to.
What do your fans mean to you?
I will continue to write no matter what, but knowing that there are fans who are anticipating reading my newest book adds fuel to my writing fire, so to speak!
What are you working on next?
I have a sequel to Mrinta Quest that is about 2/3 finished. I am also working on a series of four interrelated novelettes that take place around the same time as The Oten's Eye. On another burner, I have a quasi-memoir simmering!
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors include Jack Vance, JRR Tolkien, Ursula K. LeGuin, C. S. Lewis, and Raymond Feist. There are also single books by several other authors that I fondly remember and occasionally reread, such as Richard Matheson's I Am Legend.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I work full-time teaching, so I am inspired by the need for a paycheck! But, sometimes ideas come bubbling up in dreams or in my semi-conscious state-of-mind, and if I don't get them down on paper quickly, they fizzle away and are lost! I've had some great ideas pass into oblivion.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend a lot of time involved in planning classes and grading student papers and tests, as well as domestic chores, but I love to hike and bike and watch movies every chance I get!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I keep an eye on Smashwords, Amazon, Goodreads, and BookShout. I also watch out for books posted on Facebook by friends. I sometimes find the reviews posted about books mesmerizing, even the bad ones!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was about a mischievous faun. Another one I remember was a rip-off of Treasure Island.
What is your writing process?
My writing process is all over the place! I sometimes plunge into free writing, where I'll write half a dozen scenes or chapters then brainstorm to fill in the gaps. I also like to create chapter titles and write scenes and chapters that basically describe or act out the ideas behind the titles. Recently, I have adopted and adapted some of the writer's help e-books available. One of these basically helped me to write a 30,000 word second draft.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember a second grade reading book that was basically a collection of popular fairy tales from around the world. Such stories enchanted me and made me want to write fantastic stories myself. I've never really wanted to write anything else!
How do you approach cover design?
At this point, I can't really afford a professional designer or artist, so I have collaborated with my son, who has a lot of natural artistic talent and a drawing tablet that he connects to his laptop. It has been challenging but so much fun!
Describe your desk
Currently, my writing desk is a computer stand on wheels, where I set my laptop. It's a little high, so I write using a wireless keyboard across my knees. I sit in a chair in a corner of my wife's sewing room. While she works on quilting squares and such, I write. Oh, yeah. The dog's there, too, stretched out between the two of us.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on my father's cotton farm in Southeastern Arizona, less than thirty miles north of the border with Mexico. When I consider some of the endless chores there were to do, I know it was my imagination that saved me from sheer boredom. While my hands were busy doing things like chopping weeds or digging out the furrows between rows of cotton plants, my mind built characters and stories and roamed to other places, real or imagined.
When did you first start writing?
My first attempts at a continuous narrative began when I was around ten. All through elementary school, junior high, high school and college, I filled notebooks up with many, many beginnings of stories, some of which I still have.
Published 2014-01-02.
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Books by This Author

Mrinta's Curse: A Tale of Zeheryfel
Series: Tales of Zeheryfel, Book 2. Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 42,570. Language: American English. Published: March 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Erki has brought mrinta back, a cure for the deadly plague that was ravaging the Oldenburg. Now, he has discovered that mrinta is as deadly as the plague, as many have fallen under its evil spell and are dying, including his brother. He pleads with his khoirey friends to end mrinta's grip on the Oldenburg but finds himself on another quest to save his city from mrinta's curse.
The Oten's Eye: A Tale of Zeheryfel
Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 13,700. Language: American English. Published: September 28, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
The orphan, Timur, likes Daisy who grows roses with the power to heal. Her grandmother, Judit, reputedly an evil witch, lies in bed in an endless sleep, missing pieces of her heart, stolen by a rival sorceress. Now, the sorceress has returned to steal the rest of Judit's heart and the fabled oten's eye, a jewel possessed of benevolent power.
Sweet Halo-Dreams and Other Tales of Peril and Magic
Series: Tales of the Fabled Fades. Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 24,040. Language: American English. Published: August 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
The Fades, several worlds far from Earth, are home to many exotic creatures and people: Swink, the scoundrel, is just trying to survive a journey through the Hag's Wood; the halo-stage technician Welry is in love with Sanda who is in love with Welry's best friend, but this is not a typical love triangle; the student Magda spends her tuition to parole a comatose treasure hunter, to get rich.
Mrinta Quest: A Tale of Zeheryfel
Series: Tales of Zeheryfel, Book 1. Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 61,890. Language: American English. Published: November 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Erki, the son of a merchant, lives a carefree life in the Oldenburg, the chief city of Zeheryfel. Then, one day his life changes: a criminal wants him dead, and his brother lies dying of the plague. Believing himself to be the chosen one, Erki embarks on a journey to find a way to save his brother, his native city, and his own life. Along the way, he finds more danger, a few friends, and love.