Peter John Cooper is a British playwright and poet as well as a novelist. He likes to think of himself as a story teller. His poetry is dramatic and his plays are poetic. He has been a playwright for forty years and has written dozens of plays which have been performed all over the UK. Recently he began putting them online so that people can perform them for audiences all over the world. He reads his poetry in clubs in the town of Bournemouth where he lives and throughout the South of England. He lives in a flat which looks over the cliff to the sea.which joins him to his readers all over the world He started writing stories for his daughters when they were growing up and he’s now happy to be publishing some of them for others to enjoy.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy in writing is to become totally immersed in a fantasy world that becomes more and more real the further I explore. I love the way that characters grow and then take over the story telling. As a writer I just have to hang on for the ride and record what I see and hear happening. It's brilliant to know that this story and these characters are being revealed to me for the first time.
What do your fans mean to you?
It always delights me when i meet someone who has read my books or seen my plays or heard me perform my poetry. I find it very moving when someone takes the trouble to come up to me and thank me for something they have seen or read. As a writer you don't have the same public profile as, say, an actor and not many people would recognise my face but if someone want to talk about something of mine I am always happy to stop and chat.
Held captive in a New York hotel room, the young violinist Tamara appeals to the only person on earth who can help. But Tommy is the ghost of a Victorian street urchin, he knows nothing about twenty first century technology. Using all his ingenuity he sets out to rescue her. The rescue turns into a chase across the US to a mining town in South Dakota and back. Funny, sad and disturbing.
Tommy the street musician is murdered in a London shop doorway one bitterly cold December night in 1882. One hundred and thirty years later his troubled spirit befriends a young violinist, Tamara, and implores her to help him answer the questions "Who?" and "Why?". In doing so she confronts her own problems. Vibrant and funny but occasionally dark and always emotionally truthful.