Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Blog Tour: The Priest and the Peaches by Larry Peterson

This blog tour is presented by Tribute Books.
Welcome to The Wormhole and my day on the tour!
It is my pleasure to feature Larry Peterson and his book:
The Priest and the Peaches Book Summary
Historical fiction novel set in the Bronx in the mid-1960s

Take a seven day journey with the five, newly orphaned Peach kids, as they begin their struggle to remain a family while planning their dad's funeral.

They find an ally in the local parish priest, Father Tim Sullivan, who tries his best to guide them through the strange, unchartered and turbulent waters of "grown-up world." A story that is sad, funny, and inspiring as it shows how the power of family love and faith can overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

The book's official site is:
Larry was gracious enough to agree to an interview:

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? Larry Peterson's Bio:

Some folks have something inside of them that craves something they want to do in their lifetimes. They even made a movie called “The Bucket List” that addresses this type of thing. As for me, I know I always wanted to be a writer but it just took a very long time to get there. I am blessed, I am where I always wanted to be. My „bucket” is empty.

How many jobs did you have before you became a writer?

I‟m a senior citizen and stopped counting a long time ago.

How long does it take you to write a book?

This question more or less asks for an ambiguous answer. Who knows how long. You may think you have it all straight in your mind and then you begin to write and your muse kicks in and suddenly new things begin to happen and new people begin to appear and you are traveling to an unexpected destination. Then there are re-writes and editing and more re-writes and more editing and----sorry, no definitive answer to this question.

Do you have a routine that you use to get into the right frame of mind to write?

Actually, no. I just do it and it is usually in the morning.

Where do you get your ideas or inspiration for your characters?

Characters come from people I know, have known, have been briefly in contact with or have maybe seen for the briefest of moments as they pass by. You never know what might trigger a simple thought or observation into exploding into all these other ideas. But they all come from somewhere.

What is the first book you remember reading by yourself?

I think it was Melville‟s, “Moby Dick”, in grade school.

What are you reading right now?

At this very moment, nothing. I read a book a few days ago called “The Dark-Thirty” by Patricia McKissack. Published in 1992 it deals with African American folk stories that were passed on from generation to generation through verbal story telling. “The Dark-Thirty” is the 30 minutes that precedes darkness each day and all the tales are scary. Learned a lot about the mind-set and culture of the African-American community from way back when. Loved it.

What is your favorite comfort food?

A fresh piece of warm Italian bread with butter. (That is some serious health-food)

What do you think makes a good story?

If the reader can connect with the characters and like them, especially the protagonist.

What book, if any, do you read over and over again?

I always go back to Hemigway‟s, “The Old man and The Sea”, because of its simplicity and its ability to draw you in and feel the very hearts of the two characters, the old man, Santiago and the boy, Manolin.

Fun random questions:

dogs or cats?---------------------dogs

Coffee or tea?-------------------coffee

Dark or milk chocolate?----dark

Rocks or flowers?-------------flowers

Night or day?-------------------day (early morning)

Favorite color?-----------------blue

Crayons or markers?---------crayons

Pens or pencils?----------------pens

Larry Peterson was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. A former Metal Lather/Reinforcing Iron-worker, he left that business after coming down with MS. He, his wife and three kids moved to Florida 30 years ago. Larry began doing freelance newspaper commentary after graduating from Tampa College in 1984.

His first children's picture book, Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes was published in 2011. In 2012, his full length novel, The Priest and the Peaches was released and he is presently working on the sequel.

He also has a blog (https://exchange.desch.org/owa/redir.aspx?C=8f3049cfbcf447b8a23dc1f2d29f59a5&URL=http%3a%2f%2fwww.ThePriestandthePeaches.com) where he posts weekly commentary. He lives in Pinellas Park, Florida and his kids and six grandchildren all live within three miles of each other. 

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