Name Peter C. Bradbury
Where are you from: Manchester, England
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
Born and raised in the north west of England, I left high school when I was 15 as my mother was a single mother and had been struggling to raise myself and my two sisters and a brother. I did a variety of jobs, mainly in restaurants, and it was because of my food service that I eventually trained to be a butler.
I didn’t get married until I was in my late thirties, to a Californian woman, and we celebrate our 20th anniversary this year. She, Debbie, has four children and one of them now lives in my former home town whilst we live just south of Sacramento.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I am now working in a local restaurant as I cannot get another butler job due to my non existent credit rating.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing when I was living and working in Dallas as a butler as I was constantly being asked what life was like working for rich people. Not wanting to do an autobiography or name people, I turned the book into a novel called Stonebridge Manor.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When the book was read and it was enjoyed.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My experiences as a butler
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Short chapters and entertaining
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I worked at a house that had a stone bridge over a lake
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Since the first book, I have written novels about missing people, bullies, and human trafficking. I want to make people more aware of these huge issues and the effects they have on especially young lives.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
In my last book The Innocent Children, some of it was based on real stories.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Yes, especially with Stonebridge Manor.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
The Jeeves books by P.G. Wodehouse as he was the ‘perfect’ butler.
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Possibly James Patterson and his snappy style and maybe Gore Vidal
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
A John Grisham novel.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Lately, I have been so busy that I have barely been able to read anything I’m afraid.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
A novel about a kidnapping gone wrong and the only survivor’s struggle to get justice.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
A fan who loves my books
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I hope so as I get great reviews
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No, because I think that The Innocent Children needed to be written despite the subject matter.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
In school but then I left to get work
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Not yet as I’m only about a third through and it needs editing.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
To keep it entertaining, which I think is most important.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
J.K. Rowling. She is so inventive and imaginative.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
No, I mostly do research on the web.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I found the designers on Fiver and told them what I wanted.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Not losing the plot.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
That the easiest part is doing the actual writing. The hard part comes when you finish.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
To tell the story in your own way.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
That I really appreciate each and every one of you and thank you for your kind reviews.
Fiona: Do youremember the first book you read?
No I don’t, but if I had to guess it would have been the history of Manchester United.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Naturally funny people and really sad stories
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
My grandfather on my mother’s side as I never met him.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
I actually want to be cremated and my ashes scattered over Old Trafford. Otherwise, “He Strove to Make a Difference and be Entertaining.”
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Football (Soccer) and Golf
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Whose Line is It Anyway? Criminal Minds. The Big Bang Theory. The Blacklist
The Blues Brothers. Moulin Rouge. Remains of the Day. The Music Man.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Roast Dinners. Full English breakfast. Steaks. Bread. Cadbury’s Chocolate.
Red, black, midnight blue.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Professional footballer (soccer)
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?