Hoooray for Saturday! Not only because the weekends generally mean I can finally enjoy writing as much (or little) as I might choose without the demands of the 9-5er, but because it is once again time to Spotlight one of our fellow writers (which is far more important and interesting!) So as I am finishing up Dark Fey: Standing in Shadows, book two of the Dark Fey Trilogy (Yes, shameless plug, but since it’s my blog….) Please enjoy my latest Lime Light with Pete Buckley of the WordPress blog: Tales from the HIlls found at http://petebuckley.wordpress.com
Pete and I met via the electronic pages of WordPress, because much of his blog showcases my favourite place in the world: England, but we also keep in touch through the chirps and tweets of Twitter. He is a UK based indie author of two travel stories recounting adventures in New Zealand and the Swiss Alps. He has also contributed to several outdoors related blogs and worked on the Yuri Medev Adventures; a series of thrillers featuring Russian Agent Yuri Medev and NYC based Jim Bergman of the FBI. Aside from writing, Pete enjoys travel, hiking, biking and the outdoors not to mention spending time with his kids.
Hi Pete, Thanks for stopping by. Ready to Tell us Everything? Fantastic, Lets go! 🙂
Tell us about your Blog.
Tales from the Hills is my main blog and it was started to relate stories and adventures from time spent in the mountains and the outdoors which is my main leisure interest. Nowadays I post a few writing related posts as well but still preview the travel stories even if the full versions are elsewhere.
When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I always enjoyed it at school when we were given a creative writing assignment and spent a lot longer than I had to on these though I never took it further at the time. It wasn’t until much later that I thought well why not write about my travels and adventures seeing as I always enjoyed reading about other people’s.
What Inspires and stirs your creativity?
There’s usually a desire to do the right thing; my “good guy” characters – especially Yuri Medev – are on a constant crusade against injustice and exploitation while the villains represent everything I think is wrong with the World. There’s always adventure too and some great locations – James Bond and Jason Bourne were known for these and it’s one of the things I love about that kind of story. For the travel blog if I had a memorable day out I’m inspired to write about it but if I didn’t make the summit/got a puncture/it rained all day; I’m likely to pass on it!
From what Point of View do you prefer to write? Is there a reason?
This varies; for travel posts/stories which make up most of my blog posts I always write in the first person as it’s my own experience. For the novels and fictional stories I use the point of view of the main character in the thread and occasionally that of an outside observer.
How would you describe your “Voice” or Style of writing?
Difficult one that, but I guess – especially for fiction – that I see each part of the story as a scene in a film and write it “as it happens” which I hope gives a fast moving effect.
What Message, if any, do you hope to Share through your blog/posts?
Most of my blog posts are travel related so I try to convey a love for nature and the outdoors – especially mountain and wilderness areas and the joy of hiking or mountain biking through places far from cars and daily noise. As well as writing i post a lot of photos which hopefully do the same thing.
What are your Dreams for the Future in regards to your Blog and your work?
I would like to be self sufficient as a writer ie not have to do other work to support myself. I’ve been part way there before so working on it!
Wonderful Stuff 🙂 Now, Lets Talk about your book(s)
My first book was called “31 Days in a Campervan” and it told the story of my travels around New Zealand back in ’05 though the idea to write it came after the trip. “A Long Walk in the Alps” was to follow and detailed a hike through the Swiss Alps from the Eiger to the Matterhorn though nether were guidebooks – more travel diaries. My first novel was “The Colonel of Krasnoyarsk” featuring Russian Agent Yuri Medev and the FBI’s Jim Bergman. The Russians and Americans get to work together agaist some really bad guys (a people trafficking gang headed by Russian mobster Nikovich) something they could perhaps be doing right now! I have finished and am editing the next Yuri Medev story entitled “The Kirov Conspiracy”
What genre do you prefer to write or are you truly eclectic?
I’ve done two books on travel and one – shortly to be two – in the adventure thriller genre. I guess these match what I like to read which are thrillers as well as explorers’ tales. In fiction my characters also get to do stuff I probably wouldn’t get to do myself!
Do you painstakingly plot out your story; are you a discovery writer or a bit of both? Why?
I once read that JK Rowling knew the details of the entire Harry Potter series in advance. This is not me! I have an idea of basically what happens but the detail happens as I write it and often the plot changes significantly in the process of writing.
Me too Pete! I love writing off the cuff.
Share an insight or secret about your book(s)
The reason I started writing the first novel was because the realities of having kids meant less time swanning off to the Alps and such places – there will be another travel story at some stage but I kind of like doing the novels and my boys are great.
Who is your favourite/least favourite character & why?
I don’t really have a favourite and least favourite as they all play their part. I suppose Yuri Medev is the most like myself in outlook. Nikovich is the one I’d least like to meet in real life as he’s pretty unpleasant.
What do you feel is your best advice to share with other aspiring authors?
Write what you would like to read yourself – I can’t say whether this is good or bad advice but I think it makes sense!
Makes Cracking good sense, to me at least 😉
Find Pete’s Books here: https://petebuckley.wordpress.com/books-4/ & https://petebuckley.wordpress.com/yuri-medev-stories/
Ok , Now for the hard one: Describe yourself in Five Words.
Christian, socialist, Dad, writer, adventurer
If you could meet one person from the past, who might it be and why?
Jesus because He’s a great inspiration and would have all the answers.
When you are not writing/taking pictures, what is your favourite pastime?
Hiking and mountain biking. I do enjoy road cycling too but I don’t like the traffic.
Describe Your Perfect Day . What makes it Perfect and Why?
A difficult one that, as there are many things that could make up a perfect day but I guess being at the start of a holiday somewhere really cool and spending the day out on bikes with my boys riding forest trails and exploring. Done with someone special would be even better if that person exists.
What makes Life Worth Living?
Pete, Im so glad you took some time out of your busy schedule to chat and share some insights with all of us about yourself, your blog and your writing. Personally, I love taking time each week to “Share The Love” by putting someone ELSE In The Lime Light on BnV. Keep enjoying those Beautiful country byways and High-ways, and PLEASE, keep sharing them. The World becomes Closer through the Love of the Photographers Lens and the Harmony of the Poet’s Prose 🙂