Interview with Australian Author – Josef Peeters
“Australian Authors” – Tell us a little about yourself? Perhaps something not many people know?
Josef – I have always been a storyteller, though some may just have described that as fibbing whenever I embellished an event in my life to make it more appealing. I have been a professional actor(more fibbing on a grand scale), a woodcarver(closer to the truth than ever), and now an author(biggest fibbers of them all).
“Australian Authors” – What made you want to become a writer?
Josef – I have had so many stories inside me over the years that they had no choice but to emerge into the light of day sooner or later. In my case; later. I wrote my first novel-length manuscript at the age of Fifty-five.
“Australian Authors” – What gives you inspiration for your book(s)?
Josef – Inspiration for anything is a melding of life experiences and dreams. I often draw on my past and present to weave elements of truth into my writing.
“Australian Authors” – Now, the big question, are you working on another book?
Josef – Always! If I am not physically tapping the words out on a keyboard, I am writing a book in my head.
“Australian Authors” – What genres do you prefer to write in?
Josef – I enjoy reading science fiction most of all, however, I seem to be more comfortable writing in the mystery/suspense genre. I am far too ignorant of science for me to be totally comfortable when writing in the science fiction genre.
“Australian Authors” – What do you think about the ebook revolution?
Josef – Fantastic! It is a natural progression for the literary world to encompass the ecologically-friendly medium of digital versus the wasteful paper products littering our streets and depleting our natural resources. Having said that, I admit to preferring a hard copy of a book in my hand to most digital readers.
“Australian Authors” – Do you start a book with a definite plot, or do you just write?
Josef – I am what they call a ‘pantser’, meaning that I write by the seat of my pants? My inspiration may be a character, a scene, a premise or a location, upon which I begin to write. This is both advantageous and the opposite. An advantage in that I am entertained by my developing story as I write it, almost like a reading a book for the first time, and a hindrance when certain plot points become impossible due to the story diverting from the original concept.
“Australian Authors” – Pen or type writer or computer?
Josef – Definitely computer…NOW! I have written by hand and with a typewriter. Without spellcheck and Grammarly, I would be severely hampered in my efforts.
“Australian Authors” – Do your characters seem to hijack the story, or are you always in control?
Josef – It greatly varies with my style of writing. Just as one of my carvings needs to evolve with the discovery of inherent flaws in the wood, so must a story adapt and evolve to suit the characters and the plot.
“Australian Authors” – Are your characters based on real people or completely imagined?
Josef – Some of my characters are based solely on people from my past, others are totally from my imagination. I find a combination of both adds depth and interest in the story.
“Australian Authors” – Have you thought about joining with another author to write a book?
Josef – Never. The solitary nature of the craft often precludes the opportunity to collaborate.
“Australian Authors” – Who are your favourite authors?
Josef – Number one; Bryce Courtenay. I have a hard cover edition of every one of his books. I also like Wilbur Smith, Lee Child, and Jeffry Archer’s earlier books.
“Australian Authors” – What’s your advice to Authors? On writing? Publishing? Marketing?
Josef – Four majors are drummed into the aspiring author if they wish to present themselves in the best light.
1. A good story. 2. Professional editing. 3. A professional cover. 4. A great blurb.
Only once these four particulars are addressed can marketing begin.
I am a self-published author, because I felt I was too old to go down the traditional route. Everyone else needs to ascertain their own directions where that is concerned.