Today I’m thrilled to bring you author, Peter Toeg who I met recently. I have his book on top of my “to be read pile”. I hope you’ll enjoy getting to know Peter!
When did you decide that you would be an author? Was it something you fell into, felt called to… ?
About the eighth year of the fifteen-year effort to write my first novel. I’ve always loved writing. For those first years, I would get a rush after writing a few hundred words. Like a coffee high.
What’s your pet peeve?
Nothing major. I tend to avoid reading what other writers have to say about writing and the process. Writing skills, yes. Inspiration, style, technique. Not so much.
What was your most embarrassing moment as a writer?
Having my wife read my first novel and a couple of short stories and picking up on my inspiration or word choice. We laugh about it. I steal anything.
What has been your most difficult challenge as an author?
Getting a response from people whom I’ve asked for a beta or book read. I’m discriminating about what I read, but always try to accommodate someone.
How do you process rejections and/or negative reviews?
Depends on the day. I tend to fall back on positives and my editor’s comments.
What do you feel is the best success so far in your writing career?
I don’t care for Christian-talk in general, but I know when I am inspired by the Spirit. And I know when I’m not.
What would be your top three pieces of advice to newer, up and coming authors?
Write a lot according to the rules, before breaking them. Get an editor to screen some of your work after no less than two years of writing. Take a lot of showers or walks or find a place where you can catch an idea and run with it.
As a Christian author, what would you like your legacy to be?
My pastor friend told me the answer to that question after reading my second book twice. “I never knew you.” A paraphrase.
What is your current work in process?
I’m on a third draft of a third manuscript I’ve run by my editor. I write shorts during the process. I think I’ve written 20,000 words worth of shorts in three months. Great diversion.
Warriors With Holy Hands published by Westbow Press. On Amazon, different formats.
Thanks, Susan, for posting the interview. I appreciate the exposure to readers and writers. “Warriors” can be a challenging read covering so many generations and threads. It is the ultimate romance we can have with our Creator.