Pete Prown is a veteran journalist who has written extensively about everything from music to horticulture to art. He’s a well-known authority on the guitar and has written several books and hundreds of articles on the subject. When he’s not writing about the folks of Thimble Down, Prown is also an accomplished guitarist and has released several CDs himself. He lives with his family in a small town in Pennsylvania.
What inspires you to write?
Like the readers themselves, I want to find out what happens. If I don’t write and continue the saga of Thimble Down, I won’t know how the story turns out. The more I write, the more adventures I stumble upon. It’s a happily self-perpetuating process.
Tell us about your writing process.
I start with a basic premise for the novel and outline it in Word. Then I just dive in, writing chapters and sections, but adjusting the story as I go. Fortunately, I find writing immensely pleasurable and never have “writer’s block.” The more often I sit down with my laptop and write, the more chapters and ideas pour out.
I also try to stay “on pace.” Every time I have a writing session, I should produce at least 1,000 words, but preferably 2,000+. A very good day is 4,000-5,000 words.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
It’s very much like a theatrical play in my head. I create the characters and put them into the scene, but then they start talking. Again, I’m just writing down their dialog in real time, making adjustments here and there to keep it the story on track.
What advice would you give other writers?
Read lots of books and see what other writers do. But most importantly, don’t just take your inspiration from books. Take them from life, movies, colors, nature, thoughts, paintings, music, things people say to you. Everything has a potential place in your book.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Fortunately, we’re at a juncture in history when you don’t have to wait to find an agent or a publisher. With today’s tools, you can publish and promote your own book in numerous ways. The entire publishing industry in changing rapidly and the old business models are dying away. The time to publish is now.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It’s not really about the physical book–it’s about the “story.” Humans will always desire good stories and need writers and storytellers to create them. Whether it’s delivered on a page, in a Kindle, on a movie screen, or in some technology we don’t know yet, we’ll always need great stories.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
Fantasy, Young Adult, adventure, mystery
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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