Peter Lee


Peter Lee loves to write, loves music and loves to write about music. The son of an English professor and a librarian, he was headed for a career in science when a friend invited him to join the newspaper staff in college. The writing bug bit him and he changed his major, graduating from Berry College with a degree in journalism. He also holds a master’s degree in communication from Georgia State University.

Lee’s life also changed in 1980, when he first heard the strains of “Hey Jude” coming from a record player just weeks after former Beatle John Lennon was gunned down. He became a Beatles fanatic, learning all he could about the four as a group and as solo artists. His novel, The Death and Life of Mal Evans, is the product of his love and appreciation for the group and has taken more than 10 years to write.

A former journalist, Lee maintains a blog, Hooks and Harmony (, which has been in publication since 2008. The site is dedicated to 80s music and melodic pop music very similar to the four lads from Liverpool.

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
Although I have a brief outline of what I want to happen in a story, I let the characters get their own their own. I write scene by scene, guessing how each character (personas are important!) would react to a certain situation. It causes some plot twists, but I feel that adds dramatic tension to the story, and as long as you don't get too far off the beaten path, your characters will eventually become who you want them to be at the end.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. Body & Soul - Frank Conroy. Wonderfully written, it's a book about music as seen through the eyes of a musical prodigy. The prose is perfect, and the scenes in which the light bulb suddenly turns on in the boy will melt your heart.
2. High Fidelity - Nick Hornby. I feel as if that book were written about me. I make lists about music, exhibit the same musical snobbery - it's like I'm a character in a book.
3. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius - Dave Eggers, Poignant and funny, this memoir turned me on to the stream-of-consciousness writing style that I find so invigorating and real.
4. 1984 - George Orwell. The first "important" book I ever read, I knew on every page that this was something to be digested and pondered upon.
5. Lamb - Christopher Moore. Irreverent and funny, but it's one of the most spiritual books I've ever read.
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Where to find Peter Lee online


Why Music Matters: Essays on the State of Popular Music Today
Price: Free! Words: 16,140. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » History & Criticism
From his love of the Cure to his hatred of Auto-Tune, author Peter Lee of Hooks and Harmony writes about music in a way that's engaging, funny and poignant.

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