Interview with Pete Aldin

Where do your main characters come from?
My subconscious. Sometimes my conscious. My main characters are invariably "outsiders". I'm fascinated by the lives of people whose social groups exclude them for some cultural transgression ... and by those who forcibly reject their own culture often at great cost. Sometimes reasons for exclusion and rejection are noble and sometimes they are not. My main characters are flawed and very very human.
So. Black Marks. What possessed you to write a werewolf novel?
When I was a kid, I loved werewolf comics and the short-lived 80s TV series (which I think was imaginatively titled Werewolf). I haven't found many wolf novels I've been able to finish, let alone enjoy, because I think they miss the heart of the mythology. Werewolf fiction (just like the Incredible Hulk and Jeckle & Hyde) is for me largely about personal struggle. It's the human overcoming the animal nature, it's the wrestle with mental illness, with personal demons, with what is morality and what kind of morality the person will accept or aspire to.

And it's about danger. Lots and lots of danger.

So I wanted that, but also a different spin on that. I wanted to explore some of the pressures on someone carrying this curse in 21st Century urban civilization. I wanted to explore interesting ideas like his use of heroin to suppress the monster, and the allergy Jake has. And how medicine would react that, how the middle class would react to him as a drifter with a supposed mental illness (ie., street person). Hence Gwen's character and the interface between the haves and have-nots.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Sheesh. Seriously. Only five?
Okay...Here's some I've read a few times and still love:
1.Graham Greene's "The Power and the Glory". Heavy. Depressing. Sad. And ultimately uplifting. Beautifully written and as suffocating as the climate it's set in.
2. Niven and Pournelle's "The Mote in God's Eye". Probably my favourite scifi novel of all time. Fun. Innovative (for its time). Cohesive. And it includes the most interesting aliens every created.
3.Gorky Park. I'm not into series of novels. But Gorky Park hooked me on Renko's continuing cases and adventures. I love love love it. So Kafka-esque. And Renko's stubbornness is admirable.
4. Liege-Killer. One mind, two bodies, and an assassin to boot. Excellent concept very well executed.
5. Gilead. Magnificent. The only book to make me cry. And then laugh. And then wince. Amazing.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle.
How do you approach cover design?
Hire someone. With Black Marks, I had an idea and we kicked it around until we hit on something that worked. With Doomsday's Child, I found a cover I liked and bought it. I'm not an artist. I leave that to the professionals.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first novel I read was Catweazle. I understood only half of it. But something in it fired my imagination and made me hungry for more.
Describe your desk
Beautiful timber and leather inset. And covered with junk, pot plant and papers.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working. Yeah, I got a real job. It's a good thing I enjoy it.

Also reading.

Also playing too much FIFA on xBox.
Favorite genre?
If I had to pick one, it'd probably be post-apocalyptic. But I also love police procedurals.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Two facts: the world is a wonderous place and I can do things to keep it that way.
Published 2017-02-11.
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Books by This Author

Black Marks
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 95,610. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Jake Brennan thought Detroit could hide him. He thought a werewolf's sins could be erased. Now Jake's kind deeds have drawn the attention of his enemies. And he'll need to embrace his dark side to save the woman he loves. If his dark side doesn't kill her first...