Pete Prown is a veteran journalist who has writes about everything from music to gardening and more. He’s written several books about guitars and hundreds of articles on the subject. Pete plays guitar and has released several CDs himself. His novel THIMBLE DOWN is the first book in the “Chronicles of Dorro” series. Book 2 will appear sometime in the first half of 2014.
What inspires you to write?
I write the THIMBLE DOWN books because I love to. For me, writing is simply play time–I enjoy creating things from scratch, inventing new worlds, and conjuring up stories to share with others.
Tell us about your writing process
I prefer to write in quiet places, such as the public library or in my porch. I start with a story outline and then build the novel from there. As I write, I often refer back to the outline to keep track of the story and make adjustments–these are usually new ideas that occur to me as a write. Again, the most important thing is that writing stays fun and creative for me–it’s my own world and no one can tell me what to do there!
How do you think writing for children and young adults is different from writing for an adult audience?
With their greater imaginations, younger readers often take more chances, and are willing to travel to more far-away, fantasy worlds than grownups. Big folks are so locked into the real world that they miss most of the fun that kids (and us not-so-small kids) still enjoy.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters start talking the moment I begin to write … and I type as fast as I can to write down everything they say. My stories happen somewhat like big theatrical plays in my head. It’s my job to put the characters into a certain setting, but after that, they do all the talking. It’s quite an amazing process to witness and enjoy
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I just happened to finish THIMBLE DOWN just as the self-publishing model was taking off. My timing was lucky and now, it’s easy for anyone to write and self-publish a book. Making them successful, however, is a whole different matter–that also takes a lot of work. But it’s part of the process.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
People will always need stories. Maybe they won’t read books made of paper, pulp, and board, but people still need to escape into a story and, for that, you will need writers with great imaginations.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer