Pertti A Pietarinen was born in Polvijärvi, Finland and studied mathematics and computer sciences at the University in Helsinki, Finland. For thirty-eight years he worked in international ICT firms, e.g. Nokia, in Finland, U.S.A and Japan. During his busy business career years he always had a dream to start writing books.. He has been an author since 2010. His first illustrated children’s book in English “Lucy The Cat” (ISBN-13: 978-1494444136) was published in February 2014 as e-book and print and is available in all Amazon stores and in other Web stores. His illustrated fairy tale book “Kissa Kiiskinen sankarina ja muita satuja” in Finnish published in March 2014. His three first books are available only in Finnish and they are Christian genre. “Lucy The Cat” is the first book in a series of books. He has various book projects in English and in Finnish WIP.
What inspires you to write?
Depends on what I am writing about. In case of children’s books grandchildren are a good source for inspiration, or it can be our gentle, Sacred Birman cat. More generally it is something special or some long term development trend in our society.
Tell us about your writing process.
Inspiration and discipline. I may have outline in the beginning. If I wake up at 4 AM and have an inspiration, I write it down. I try to be very disciplined and work from morning to evening. Sometimes it is easy sometimes not.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Not really, except when writing the stories about Lucy The Cat. I talk with her many times per day.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write what you know about and don’t give up.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
In my “real” profession as an international ICT professional I had to write quite a lot, but it was only professional topics. During my busy years I always dreamed about to write a book. After 38 years of working in ICT, web services, computer games and telecommunications I reprioritized what I want to do and published my first book in 2010. First three Christian genre books I wrote in Finnish and they were published via a local publishing house. My first illustrated children’s book in English, “Lucy The Cat”, I published via Amazon services in February 2014. Also in February 2014 my illustrated children’s book in Finnish “Kissa Kiiskinen sankarina ja muita satuja” was published.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The competition will be fiercer all the time. Switch more and more to e-books.
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
Children’s books, Christian, Travel & Cultural
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print