Interview with Amy Peters

When did you first start writing?
Well, writing has always been part and parcel of my life. I always excelled at English in school and wrote short stories just for my own amusement. In retrospect, I never ever thought about publishing anything. And looking back I wish I had. But here I am, years later, and I feel driven to write and enjoy the fact that I am getting some work out there.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My first full-blown novel is called 'Internecine' and it was the sort of novel that I had always wanted to write. It's based around remoteness and loneliness, and how two normally law-abiding people get drawn into a situation that eventually wrecks their usually peaceful lives. It is about a brother and a sister who run a guest house on the Cornish coast who one day, find a decomposed corpse and a great deal of money. They take the money but find that the stolen money comes at a brutal price. One that destroys their lives.

I intend to write more of this kind of fiction.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The motivation came when such platforms like Smashwords and Amazon Kindle came about. Normally, we had to write around and seek out an agent, which as anyone will tell you, is hard work. Years ago I always found writing to agents frustrating as many would never take a chance on a new and unknown author. Many were so lazy they wouldn't even read a manuscript and would only limit their services to an established writer. Having such a platform available to us actually gives new authors a voice. And that is very important.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has given me an opportunity to get my work out there. It also allows me to obtain reviews and critical analysis of my work, which is very helpful. If I make a mistake, I want to know where I have made a mistake. The people who read my books will tell me that.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The creative aspect. :) Forging a novel and working hard on the story and looking back at what you have done. And knowing that it was you and you alone that wrote that. It's a great feeling.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. The people who enjoy my work mean the world to me. And I don't mean that in terms of egoism. Far from it. I want my readers to enjoy my work and writing for them means a great deal to me. I sincerely hope they continue to like my fiction.
Who are your favorite authors?
That's a hard one since there are so many out there that are excellent. I enjoyed reading Tom Savage's 'Valentine' recently, which was made loosely into a 2001 film. But to answer you question, it is hard. I love all dark thriller or horror writers. Peter James is good, too.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
A morbid fear of 'ennui'. :)
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have an array of hobbies. I enjoy walking in the Welsh hills with my dog. I love photography and have been enjoying my new Leica bridge camera which I bought recently. I am also a bassist and own two Fender Precision basses. Plus I love being a Freelance Writer and Journalist. So I am pretty active.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I love the dark thriller/horror genre and I tend to seek them out on Smashwords or Amazon. They are my two primary platforms.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do remember. My first story was a short story about a joy rider who steals a car that was rebuilt using parts of James Dean's ill-fated Porsche. It was called 'Joyride'. And I wrote it in 1978.
What is your writing process?
If I get an idea, I use a lot of notes and research and then from this mass of information, I then forge the plot and character analysis.
Published 2014-07-06.
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Books by This Author

Sudden Death
Price: Free! Words: 11,800. Language: English. Published: April 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
For four university students, it was all about fun. They had a week's holiday away from their studies and they intended to get completely wasted on the Suffolk coast. But when they drove though the Cambridgeshire Fenlands, things turned nasty. That was when they drove into the worst nightmare imaginable. An horror that no young people should have to endure.
Easy Money
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 63,910. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2013 by Amy Peters. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
There are times when ordinary people do evil things! Kate Eden and her younger brother, Phil, run a guest house in a remote, coastal area of Cornwall. With Christmas approaching, and the season almost over, they go potholing with an old family friend. After finding a badly decomposed corpse and a case full of money, they decide to keep the cash. But the true owners of the case have other plans.