Autor Bio: Peter Donovan was born in the beautiful and historic City of Bath, England in 1974. After 30 years living in the United Kingdom, he emigrated to Melbourne, Australia in 2005 where he now lives with his wife Joanne and his two British Blue cats, Cobalt and Sapphire. Peter has worked as an Aircraft Engineer and a Power Station Operator. He has always been interested in science, both fact and fiction. From an early age he remembers pulling things to pieces and trying to improve them, driving his mother and father to distraction; only later in life learning how things went back together again! Peter’s wife of 14 years, has listened to many weird and wonderful ideas that Peter thought would make a good story. Eventually her comment, “For Christ’s sake stop talking about it and write it!” gave him the nudge he needed to begin.
“In a few short years, I’ve been into space with the help of the Chinese, seen the end of the world, averted disaster in the US, rebuilt a space shuttle and now I’ve won the lottery and travelled in time. The life of an author never gets boring!”
2012 Nibiru Rising, was his first published book in paperback. Peter has since gone on to publish 2013 Nibiru’s Shadow, also in paperback and has released 2012, 2013, Legacy and now Aeon as eBooks. He is currently working on his fifth novel Duplicity, the sequel to Aeon.
Do you have a favourite character of those you have invented?
Most of my characters are amalgamations of people I know or have seen, those small traits that you notice in others when out on the street. I try to make them able to do the things I can’t, or say the things you ordinarily couldn’t get away with. My favourite character with this light easy going air is from my latest book Aeon. She is called Alice. She is Australian, early twenties and smart, although she doesn’t show it. She says what she thinks and has no pretence. A quality we all wish we had more of.
I remember writing stories at school, I must have been seven or eight, but it never really led to anything. It wasn’t until I had driven my wife and friends mad making up alternate endings to movies,(usually halfway through the movie) that I actually began to write stories, probably six or seven years ago.
What is your favourite part of the writing process?
For me the research is the best bit. I probably spend three times as long as I should and have spent all day finding out something that only fills one line. I love finding out new information that’s usually on the weirder or stranger side. But a close second is the publishing, it’s great when you can finally send a finished piece out into the world to be enjoyed by others.
I’m sure there’s probably a technical name for it, I’ll look it up later, but I try to combine fact with fiction in all my books. I want the reader to say, “I’ve been there,” or “I know that and its exactly right.” Getting the facts right makes the fiction blend until there is no division and what you read becomes real. So I’d call it ‘Reality Sci-fi.’ Is that a new genre?
What is your blog or website or both?
My website is www.peterdonovan.com
What do you think about the publishing world today?
I think it’s changing rapidly. The old days of printing books and selling them in shops are well and truly over, although still hold a place in all hearts. There is still nothing like a good bookshop or library, the quiet tentative atmosphere and the old musty smell. But this generation won’t understand buying books or music very shortly. And publishers won’t have a monopoly on what gets out there. It means there’s more opportunity for individual publishers, but I hope that doesn’t lead to a poorer quality of books.
Do you use a professional editor? if yes why?
Yes, I have a great editor here in Australia. I think it’s really important to have another person cast their eye over your work before it’s published. Even after the twentieth read through, there are still small errors and mistakes which get picked up at that point. Anyone that’s serious about self-publishing really needs a good editor to bring the work up to a standard that people are willing to pay money for.
I think writers like Arthur C Clarke and H G Wells, who wrote complex science fiction in a readable way are my biggest influence, although directors like George Lucas and Stephen Spielberg have also played a part in broadening my imagination from a very young age.
What is your hope for your writing in the future?
I think it’s the same as every writer, to make enough money to give up my day job and write novels full time. At present it’s still more of a hobby than a career. Until then I will continue to write the best, most enjoyable books I can and hope people out there find them and enjoy them.
How has social media influenced in the promotion of your books?
I think social media is 90% of the promotion of my books. With a small advertising budget, word of mouth is virtually the only way to get the books out there and social media like Facebook , Goodreads and your blog site Readinginecuador are great ways to promote new material.
Peter´s books can be found at all the major ebook sellers: Amazon, iTunes, Barnes and Noble etc, for more information please visit his website.
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