Today I have a wonderful author Q & A with Peter Jones, the author behind My Girlfriend’s Perfect Ex-Boyfriend.
Don’t forget to check out the other stops on the tour for some fantastic posts.
Adrian Turner, Mountaineer, Secret Agent, Fireman… Ade would dearly like to be any of these things, though he’d trade them all to win the heart of feisty Public Relations Executive, Paige.
Instead, he’s a disillusioned school teacher, on suspension, after an unfortunate incident with a heavy piece of computer equipment. And somebody’s foot. And Paige? Despite being his girlfriend for the past eighteen months, she still seems to have one foot out of the door and hasn’t quite committed to leaving a toothbrush in the bathroom.
Of course, it doesn’t help that she’s working with her ex-boyfriend, Sebastian. A man who in almost every way imaginable is better, taller, wealthier, hairier, and infinitely more successful than Ade.
Is Paige still in love with Sebastian? Why then did she suggest they get away for a few days? Some place romantic…
But when Adrian finds himself in Slovenia – with Sebastian in the room down the hall – he realises there’s serious possibility that he’s in danger of losing his job, his mind, and the woman he loves…
From best-selling author Peter Jones comes this hilarious romp about love, and the things people do to keep it from getting away.
Q & A
What is your favourite thing about the whole writing process?
Hmmm. That moment when I finish a book is pretty special! Or the moment just before when I start to tie up loose ends and it’s all starting to come together nicely.
No. No – the best bit is when I’m having a good writing day, and the words are just pouring out of me, and even when I get up to make a cup of tea I end up coming back to my keyboard before I’ve made it to the kitchen because I’ve just thought of something really amazing and if I don’t write it down now… that’s the best bit about writing.
What books/authors inspired your writing journey?
I was quite a late starter when it came to reading. Other than my mother nobody else in my family used to read. My parent’s book case was (and still is) pretty uninspiring.
School wasn’t much better. Until I was in my mid teens the ‘reading list’ was dire! But, I remember one teacher recommending The Hitch Hiker’s Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams, and for the first time ever I’d been given a book that I didn’t want to stop reading. It wasn’t a chore, it was a delight. And my painfully slow reading ability was suddenly a good thing. I read everything Douglas Adams ever wrote after that.
As I got older there were a handful of other books that had a similar effect. John Wyndham’s Day Of The Triffids, sticks out as another amazing book that had a profound effect on me.
What are you currently reading?
I have a number of books on the go at the moment, but I’m about to start He Said She Said by Erin Kelly.
My favourite authors (the ones who I’m completely in awe of) would be Nick Hornby (his last novel – Funny Girl – was very unusual and very clever), Audrey Niffenegger (Her Fearful Symmetry being my favourite), the late great Sir Terry Pratchett (of course), and more recently Claire North (The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August being my current ‘favourite book of all time’).
Do you prefer Twitter or Facebook, why?
Facebook. Without a doubt.
I don’t really understand twitter (and believe me I’ve tried). To me it feels like several hundred people, all armed with a mega phone, standing in a gymnasium, broadcasting their every thought! Nobody seems to be actually listening to any one else. And when you factor in the RTs, it all just becomes a scrolling wall of noise.
Facebook on the other had feels like office banter. But maybe that’s because of the way I tend to use it. I have a question or an amusing thought pops into my head or I see something interesting and thirty seconds later I’m chatting to people about it. Come and join in! http://facebook.com/peterjonesauthor
All that said, one of my favourite characters – ie. a character I created – somehow got her own twitter account. @ZlataLovesCake is just hilarious… and it isn’t written by me.
If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do?
Wow! Where did that question come from!? Blimey. Well I was going to say I’d pop into every branch of Waterstones I can get to in a day and move my books to a more prominent spot… but I’ve just realised I don’t actually have to be invisible to do that, and the sight of books floating around might draw unwanted attention!
I’d really quite like to see what exactly happens to your bags when they disappear down the chute at the airport – that would be interesting! I imagine this labyrinth of conveyer belts and xray machines and luggage robots… but who knows?
Other than that I think I’d probably visit some stately home somewhere and pretend to be a ghost.
Hmmm… which is quite a good idea for a story…
Many thanks to Rachel Gilbey and Peter Jones for the opportunity to be part of the blog tour.
About The Author
Peter Jones started professional life as a particularly rubbish graphic designer, followed by a stint as a mediocre petrol pump attendant. After that he got embroiled in the murky world of credit card banking. Fun times.
Nowadays, Peter spends his days writing, or talking about writing. He’s written three novels; a Rom-Com (Romantic Comedy), A Crim-Com (Crime Comedy), and a Rom-Com-Ding-Dong (a sort-of Romantic-ish Comedy, with attitude). He’s currently working on his fourth novel, which – if it’s a musical – he’ll no doubt describe as a Rom-Com-Sing-Song. (Spoiler: It isn’t).
He is also the author of three and a half popular self-help books on the subjects of happiness, staying slim and dating. If you’re overweight, lonely, or unhappy – he’s your guy.
Peter doesn’t own a large departmental store and probably isn’t the same guy you’ve seen on the TV show Dragons’ Den.
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