Interview with Andrew J.Peters by Aoife Marie Sheridan  

Question: What have you published recently?

The first book in my e-novelette series Werecat came out on May 28th.  It’s called Werecat: The Rearing, and it’s the start of a gay dark romance in which a young man must find his place in the world of feline shapeshifters.

Question: How, and when, did you decide to become a writer?

Being a writer was my first childhood ambition. Though I’ve always written stories, I put off writing as a career until my late 30s when it felt like I had the time and the passion to get my work published.

Question: Where can we find your published writing?

Werecat: The Rearing is published by Vagabondage Press and can be found at all the on-line booksellers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and All Romance e-Books.

In November, my début novel The Seventh Pleiade comes out from Bold Strokes Books. It’s a young adult fantasy about a young gay prince who becomes a hero during the last days of Atlantis.

Question: What is a typical day like for you as a writer?

I eke out time for writing around my day job and my family and social life. That generally means that I’m writing early in the morning before work and late at night. I think you cross a threshold as a writer when your work starts getting published. In addition to continuing to write, I also have to find time to promote my published work, network and look for opportunities to spread the word. It’s a tough balancing act, and I wish there were a lot more hours in the day.

Question: What are your favorite characters that you have created? Tell us about them.

This may sound strange, but it feels like a betrayal to single out my characters as favorites. Maybe other authors feel that way as well. My characters are like my children. You wouldn’t ask a parent to say which of their kids are their favorites!

But putting that little quirk of mine aside, I’ll try to be a good interviewee and not back away with a diplomatic answer. Heroes like Jacks Dowd in Werecat are fun to write, and you really have to like them since you spend so much time in their heads. But I often find myself enjoying writing side characters and villains since they’re the ones who really fuel the drama of the story.

In Werecat, there’s a character Farzan who becomes the one person Jacks can turn to when he finds himself homeless, having dropped out of his previous life, trying to figure out how he’s going to hide from the world as a feline shapeshifter. Farzan is a first-generation immigrant from Persia who overcompensates for his perceived failings – being gay, growing up in a working class Arab family – by trying to fix his dysfunctional family while going to medical school and helping out with his father’s marginal business. He’s also a comic geek and terribly romantically jaded though he wants a boyfriend more than anything. Many readers find him the most endearing character in the story, and he’s really endearing to me as well.

At the other extreme, the guy who you could say is the villain in the story Benoit was also fun to write. He’s handsome with a magnetic charm and his feline manifestation is a two hundred and fifty pound jungle panther.

Question: do you find you “mentally edit” other writers’ works as you read them? Does doing this help you or bother you?

I’m absolutely guilty of that. It started happening for me when I buried myself in studying the craft of writing about ten years ago. So yeah, I’ll read another author’s work and have some self-righteous moments when I think: that dialogue tag is really unnecessary or this scene would really work better if there wasn’t so much repetition of the main character’s thoughts.

I think it can only be helpful to pick out what works well and what doesn’t work so well in order to improve my own writing.

Question: What music do you listen to, while writing?

I need almost absolute silence in order to write creatively.

Question: What do you eat while writing?

I can’t eat while I’m writing. I guess I’m a bit obsessive. It has to be just me in a quiet room with a keyboard and no distractions. But I’ll drink lots of coffee if I’m writing in the morning, and I’ll have a glass of wine or two while I’m writing in the evening.

Five for Fun:

What is your favourite non-alcoholic drink?  

Diet coke

What is your favourite cartoon character?

Hmm…I’ll go with someone obscure. Xander from the short-lived Comedy Central series Drawn Together is somewhat of a muse to me. I sometimes use him as an avatar on message boards. He’s this elvish-looking RPG character pulled out of a mission to rescue a lost princess. But he’s not so secretly battling with his true romantic interest in men.

What is your favourite movie of all time?


What do you like to do for fun or just to relax?

I love to travel, and I’m happiest under an umbrella in a chaise lounge on a tropical beach with a Pina Colada in hand.

Question: Where can we find you on the web?

My website, Twitter or Facebook.

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