Paul Michael Peters is an American fiction writer based out of Ann Arbor Michigan. After studying at the Second City in Chicago he spent extended periods of time living in Philadelphia and Toronto before returning home to his beloved big mitten shaped state. “Peter in Flight” is his debut work.
What inspires you to write?
I wrote this story while I traveled extensively for work between 1998 and 2008 taking notes on the things that happened on each trip. I could not include all the good stories. Looking back on my time on the road, I always liked to think of myself as George Clooney from Up in the Air, but in reality, I was John Candy from Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.
Sometimes other areas of my life are impacted by my day dreaming about plot and character and action, but I am able to take these ideas and apply them to story. It’s something I’ve had all my life and have only in the last ten years started to focus these ideas into story.
Tell us about your writing process.
Over the last few years I have been writing down most of my ideas and working through ideas as short stories. You can read these for free on my home page. What I really enjoy about my process, is having this idea, no matter how strange or out there the concept might be, I keep at it. I research the ideas, the history, the drivers that surround a topic. During this time I am able to pick up these strange and wonderful bits and facts that carry on to the longer stories I am working on. So while I devote a certain amount of time each week to the longer story I am working on, I work through a lot of ideas in short form as well. It takes a little longer I suspect to complete the long story, but I remain creative, I keep the ideas moving, I am able to churn through some real stinkers and let the good ideas stay. Then I have two or three people who are kind enough that I trust to read things. They are usually good about telling me what is good and what to toss.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I do. I talk to them, have conversations, advise them to be better people, ask them lots of questions. After spending so much time with them, I really miss them once the writing process ends and I send in a final draft.
I’ve had dreams about my characters. Sometimes I’ve been able to add some of these things to a story. Other times they are just dreams and there is no way I could introduced what happened.
What advice would you give other writers?
Good stories take time, so give yourself that time to let the story become good.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
The stories began to pile up. I needed to do something with them besides just keep them to myself. There were times I became brave enough to submit ideas to magazines, screenplays to studios, short stories to contests…. But I came to the conclusion that I was going to have a hard time separating myself from some amazing talent out there, or people who were so in sync with the universe that things began to click for them… so I decided to do things on my own. I have the time, and with enough reading and instruction, I’ve been able to get things out there.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I am optimistic. I think of the amazing things that Guttenberg’s Bible was able to accomplish, bringing reading to masses, allowing anyone willing to make the effort, the ability to read and grow as a human. With that ability now a million times fold with the internet, I can’t wait to see what happens. There are amazing stories out there to be told, and it takes a unique voice to tell them, the internet provides the ability for democracy, for everyone to have a voice.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
literature, romance, humor, fiction
What formats are your books in?
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