Interview - Peter James

Literary Birthday – 22 August – Peter James

Happy Birthday, Peter James, born 22 August 1948.


  1. Every novel starts with a theme, and I am constantly looking for big ideas.
  2. …I don’t have concrete plans for the future. I just think of success and keep a successful attitude. Success is 99 percent preparation. If you set yourself up for winning, rarely will you fail.
  3. Music is an important part of my writing process.
  4. The crime genre‘s always been regarded very well by the literary end of the book world, whereas horror, although it had that spell in the late eighties, by and large, it’s sort of ghetto-ized, and considered to be exploited literature.
  5. I travel abroad constantly on book promotion and research, and the Internet is invaluable to me for accessing U.K. news in places such as America, which most of the time hasn’t heard of England.
  6. To read is human, to review is divine.
  7. Drafting is like painting the Golden Gate Bridge. The closer you get to the end, the more you start to worry about the beginning.

Source for quotes

Read: Peter James’ 7 Top Writing Tips

Peter James is the British best-selling author of the Detective Roy Grace novels, which started with Dead Simple. The series, set in Brighton, has been translated into 37 languages with sales of over 18 million copies. In 2016 he was awarded the CWA Diamond Dagger lifetime achievement award for sustained excellence. Read our Interview with Peter James

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by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 22nd August 2014