Peter Darrach has lived in New York, London, Prague, Munich and Vienna. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and a Master of Arts degree in German Literature, both from Pennsylvania State University. Darrach pursued a career in sales and marketing in fields as diverse as amusement parks and retail before moving to Europe in 1991. Since then he has worked in Eastern and Western Europe, holding a series of executive positions with blue chip FMCG companies. Most recently he has returned to the U.S. to pursue his career as a business coach and fiction author and currently lives in Florida.
His latest book is the sci-fi, Tavern on the Edge of Time.
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Q: Welcome to Beyond the Books, Peter. Can we start out by telling us whether you are published for the first time or are you multi-published?
The current book (TAVERN ON THE EDGE OF TIME) is the third in a series of self-published science fiction books (THE SECOND SKIN SERIES). See more details at http://www.peterdarrach.com.
Q: When you were published for the first time, which route did you go – mainstream, small press, vanity published or self-published and why or how did you choose this route?
These stories have been bubbling in me for some time and I simply needed to release them. Both the formal and informal reviews have been quite positive. It’s very inspiring to have strangers tell you your that reading your books is like “dreaming with your eyes open.” Who knows, a publisher may be intrigued by the positive attention.
Q: How long did it take you to get published once you signed the contract?
Self-publishing goes very quickly. Weeks, really.
Q: How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate?
The characters are my friends. The books are my children. But, once I’ve written and finalized a book, I am already off on the next one. Frankly, I don’t remember celebrating them formally at all.
Q: What was the first thing you did as far as promotion when you were published for the first time?
Press releases, of course, seeking reviewers initially and through them more awareness.
Q: Since you’ve been published, how have you grown as a writer and now a published author?
The first book was undoubtedly harder. Although the story flowed easily enough, the physical writing, editing, correcting, continuity checking, etc., seemed unendingly laborious. However, I learned a lot of short cuts during the process and books two and three were much easier on this technical level. THis allowed me to put much more energy into the characters and the story lines, with demonstrable results, I think.
Q: What has surprised or amazed you about the publishing industry as a whole?
Sometimes I wonder if there aren’t more writers than readers.
Q: What is the most rewarding thing about being a published author?
The joy of creation. As a writer you can literally do anything you can imagine in your books. It is for me highly liberating.
Q: Any final words for writers who dream of being published one day?
Write and believe in yourself.