Welcome to Five for Friday at Rukia Publishing. Today we ask featured author Peri Hoskins five questions about his writing life.
Thank you for joining us today.
1. You have used the term novella for Millennium can you tell us why you chose that description for your memoir?
It is actually a novella-length piece of creative nonfiction, although I’m always flattered when someone calls it a novel or novella. It is such hard work getting real life to read like a novel or novella. Real life is often boring and anti-climactic. The hard work I refer to is making a slice of real life funny, engaging, poignant, and interesting enough to keep the reader turning the pages. The length of the book chose itself in that the slice of life I write about was short, only a few weeks, hence there was only enough material to write a novella-length piece.
2. Can you explain what is meant by the term creative non-fiction and how does it apply to Millennium?
Creative nonfiction means material that is factual, based in real life, that the author has enhanced with among other things, his/her observations, descriptions, humour, digressions and insights into what is going on. It is the author’s enhancements that make the piece read like a novel.
3. What are you working on at the moment?
I'm working on a full-length autobiographical novel ‘East’ based on the five months I spent travelling around Australia in 1994. It is a prequel to Millennium and written in a similar style. Vince is again the narrator. East, is however, lighter than Millennium and it has a different tempo, a different beat. I’ve released small parts of it to give people a taste and people really like it. It is in some ways an Australian ‘On the Road’ set in 1994. In a full-length novel, I have the opportunity to develop characters and round them out so readers looking for a bigger, meatier version of Millennium should be happy.
4. Where do you get the ideas from for your books?
My own life experience. I see plenty in real life worth writing about without resorting to fiction.
5. What is the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
The hardest thing is actually getting the writing and editing done if I am tired or distracted and have competing priorities for my time. Being single is however an advantage.
Thank you Peri, and good luck with your new book East (which is on pre-order at iTunes). Don't miss the launch day announcements here on Sarah Jane's blog soon.
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