Author Peter Perrin is an inspiration! Wait until you read his First Time experience. You'll never, ever in your life again be able to say that you're too old to start something new. I'm thrilled that he shared his story with us!!!
My First Experience was becoming a published author in December 2017 at the grand old age of seventy-three. I didn’t even start writing seriously until I was sixty-nine, having only done a few poems and some short stories for my kids until then. And even that was over thirty-five years ago.
My motivation for writing a novel, with the aim of getting it published, came from my granddaughter. Almost five years ago, at the age of fourteen, she self-published two novels via Amazon, and I thought ‘If she’s not too young to do that then maybe I’m not too old’.
My first task was to decide what genre to write in, and at the time I didn’t even know what ‘genre’ meant. As I was approaching seventy myself at the time I decided to try to write something that showed older people still had life left in them. A novel that would show they weren’t sitting in front of the TV all day waiting for the grim reaper to come for them. So, I settled on the idea of a romance where all the characters were at least sixty years old. The biggest problem about this was that I had never read even one romance novel until I started to research for my novel, Grace’s Turmoil.
I initially set my novel in a Care Home and produced a chapter or two. Then I found out that a romance novel just wouldn’t work in that environment. This demoralised me so much I didn’t write for six months. Then I did some research and found out about Retirement Villages. These were a whole new ball-game and offered me great opportunities to get a group of older people together in one place and play them off against each other.
Because I had no previous writing experience I had no plan and no idea how to structure a novel. So, I started off with a series of conversations and let it develop from there. Sadly, that meant that my plot ideas often came to a dead end and I had to rewrite constantly.
But, I persevered and learned ‘on the job’ so to speak. Eventually after four years of work Grace’s Turmoil was finished and I was awarded a contract by Devine Destinies.com. The bonus was seeing it in paperback form.
Peter Perrin writes sweet, seasoned romances involving larger-than-life mature characters. He was born in Romford, England and lives with his wife of forty years in Swindon, England. He is a father and grandfather. Now retired, he served in The Royal Air Force in the UK, Madagascar, Singapore, and Aden. After almost fifteen-years’ military service he worked in Engineering, Quality Control, and Procurement Management, and myriad smaller jobs in between those careers. Peter’s interests are Writing, Carp Fishing, PlayStation 4 games, and Computer games. His favourite quote is “Youth passes, but with luck, immaturity can last a lifetime.”
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~December 15, 2017
Divorced and emotionally damaged, artist Grace Stollery wants nothing more than to spend her semi-retirement painting and let time heal her emotional scars.
But when dashing widower Alfred Nobel moves into her retirement village he turns her life upside down and her heart inside out by awakening feelings she wants to keep dormant.
Alfred quickly sets out to woo Grace and slowly she warms to him. But the village’s resident femme fatale wants him for herself. Will she succeed in driving a wedge between Alfred and Grace?