Pete Minall

Biography

Pete lives in Cornwall, England and loves old English folk traditions and customs, such as Wassailing. He has also dressed up and participated in period re-enactments for well over forty years.
Having had three careers, working in silk screen printing within the pharmaceutical industry, technical theatre involved with lighting and lighting design and finally his own shop selling European style board games and puzzles. Pete is now looking forward to retirement and a fourth career as a writer! Pete also does work at Lanhydrock House for the National Trust and can often be found filming bits and pieces on various TV and film productions in Cornwall. He is happily living with his partner, Gabrielle, in Bodmin, Cornwall along with one dog and two house rabbits.

Smashwords Interview

What made you to write your first e-book?
I have always enjoyed reading, I love story telling in all its forms, verbal, theatrical, cinematic and of course the printed word. I was reading a book a couple of years ago and was persuaded to buy it by the blurb on the jacket detailing the diligent historical research which went into it well before fingers hit the keyboard for the first word of the story. This appealed to me as I love history and the book, although written by an American, was set in roughly the same area of England where I was living. Upon reading the first few chapters, it became obvious very quickly that much of the history was, well, to put it nicely, utter rubbish! After a while when yet another "carefully researched" historical fact was revealed as being patent nonsense (facts easily checked on-line,) I threw the book against the opposite wall whilst uttering expletives. This caused my wife to look up from her own book and ask what on earth the matter was. After telling her of some of the blatant plot errors and the historical rubbish I declared angrily that I could do better and she simply said "Well go ahead and write a book yourself." So I did.
So what did you do next?
Well I thought about it for ages and then sat down and thought about it some more, Months had now passed by and I became ever more determined to commit something to paper! At that stage I had no intention at all of publishing anything which may end up on paper, I was doing this purely as a mental challenge to myself to see if I could tell a yarn which was both fun, original and yet historically accurate. I needed one of Hitchcock's "MacGuffins" ~ A plot device upon which to hang a story. After reading lots of stories about unresolved historical mysteries or mysterious deaths and lost treasures alongside talking with a few friends, an idea slowly formed. Then I started thinking about the writers truism which states "write about what you know and like." An idea came to me very quickly and I started work on the novel. This became a story which has not yet been published which features my all time hero Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. While writing this book my own "MacGuffin" came to me and I quickly realised this plot device enabled me to extrapolate the story I was working on not only into the future but also into the past, so four books were written in tandem. This also allowed me the freedom to explore different periods in time hundreds of years apart. A series was born which I have now called "The Trust" and the first book to be published is called "The Spy, The Dwarf and The Mongol."
Incidentally the third book in the series is where my starting point began.
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Where to find Pete Minall online


Books

Orlando's Quest
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,680. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
Orlando’s Quest Has Orlando Porthtowan really discovered a secret map hidden by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle within a Sherlock Holmes story? Or is it just a figment of his overactive imagination? Join him and his two companions as they attempt to unravel the treasure hunt of a lifetime. This stand-alone story is the final book in “The Trust” series.
Doyle and Wells
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 42,110. Language: British English. Published: December 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British, Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
Doyle and Wells It is the 1890’s, the age of Queen Victoria. One of the great questions of the era was, “Do the dead have a voice?” Join Arthur Conan Doyle and a young H G Wells as they journey through the murky world of Victorian séances, on a phantasmagorical treasure hunt, following a trail of secrets from beyond the grave. To quote Sherlock Holmes, "“Come, Watson, come! The game is afoot"
Matthew and the Kilderkin
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 44,810. Language: British English. Published: June 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
Matthew and the Kilderkin The year 1647 finds England reeling from the turmoil of the first Civil War. It is a time when witch hunting was its bloodiest peak. While conducting an interrogation of alleged witches, Matthew Hopkins, the feared “Witchfinder General” discovers a secret so explosive it could change the fortunes of both men and the Nation. Will lies, intrigue and cold-bloodied murder p
The Spy, The Dwarf & The Mongol
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 95,310. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval, Fiction » Adventure » General
This is a medieval tale of monarchs, codes, myth and murder, explaining one of the greatest mysteries of the age. Join this epic journey which takes you from the camp of Genghis Kahn through the heart of the Templars, to the very King of England. An original story which might just make you question what you think you know about history.

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