April 26, 2016

Interview around the Globe with Peter Riva

Let welcome to our latest and newest member to our list of authors. Let welcome Peter Riva to Nighttime Reading Center. He here on a book tour. He is stopping by here on April 26 and 28. I work with +Laura Fabiani iRead Book Tours and me happily learn about him books and giveaway.

I got the chance to read his book "The Path" and "Reaching Angelica". It was different. I would suggest that you read my reviews for "The Path", and "Reaching Angelica". You got a chance to win a  - Win 1 of 5 sets of books (The Path Book 1 and Reaching Angelica Book 2) + 1 of 2 $25 Amazon gift cards (open internationally). Enter his giveaway Reaching Angelica Giveaway

Let read his Bio and then go to his interview. #Interviews, #Interviewsaroundtheglobe, #NRC, #Giveaways #bookreview, #adventure, #thriller, #scifi, #cyberpunk and @iReadBookTours

Author Heather Siegel at Nighttime Reading Center
Peter Riva has worked for more than thirty years with the leaders in aerospace and space exploration. His daytime job for more than forty years has been as a literary agent. He resides in New York City.
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Describe your book in 20 words or less.
What happens when a man has the ability to merge consciousness with the universe – can he see or do anything useful?
Where or how did you come up with the idea for your story?
Somewhere, in the back of the brain, an idea emerged concerning the perspective we have of the world and the universe around us. Life is all about perspective and as humans our is often limited. It is not about a touchy-feely concept of “oneness” or “other consciousness,” more like peeling away the barrier –out of necessity to save the crew and ship – to communication with other forms of life/entity.
How important are names to you in your book(s)? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you use any resources in assisting you to choose the names?
I cheat. I make up names as I would like them to be, mimicking friends and people I have known. So, yes, some of the names are real, friends or acquaintances long lost.
Which of your characters (in this book) is your favorite and Why?
Zip the dog. He’s actually more grounded and carefree than any of the humans.
Was there a certain scene in this book that was harder for you to write than others?
In a sense, yes. Once I wanted to structure the medical discussion of the universe I knew what I wanted to say, but the people in that conversation of discovery had to process, arrive at the conclusion I had already thought up. Going slow is hard when the ideas are fun.
If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?
Hmmm… A very young Will Smith as Simon Bank and younger Meg Ryan as Aten. Ralph Cramer would have to be Patrick McGowan… and the voice of Apollo Alec Guinness. Zip could be played by a Durbachler (Béarnaise Mountain Dog) or a Pyrenean.
What was your favorite part to write and why? (Alternate Q: What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing process?)
Cramer waking Simon up at the end. Typical of their relationship. Added to which was the completely gratuitous hint at sex by a female crew member as they go forward… the book needed that emotional lifting.
Just as your book(s) inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write? (Alternate Q: If you didn't like writing books, what would you do for a living?)
I am a literary agent. Been licensing for 40+ years. Every single author who tried to break through, who put their heart and soul into their passion – how could they not be inspiring?
What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?
First write about what you know. Even in Sci-Fi, write based on what you have learned or can learn while writing. Second, if writing is not the most rewarding thing whilst writing, don’t bother. Writing may be undertaken as a discipline, but that discipline should only be to schedule the time clear of anything you really would rather not do allowing you to have that soak-in-the-fun time of writing. And re-writing, and re-writing again. Revel in it.
Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?
There are four types of review. The first is the intelligent and constructive review who understands the book and enjoyed its concepts and execution. Yes, oh yes, I read and enjoy those. And respond with comments that I hope are equal in intellect.
The second is the positive review but which may not really have understood the layers in the book, but that’s okay. Always worth a thank you. But don’t take it too seriously.
The third is the critical review that has a problem or problems with what your premise is, or the tone/writing of the book. There is little you can do with that critic. You have to accept you failed that person and, if they give specific reasons, I write and say thanks and that I’ll apply constructive criticisms to the next book because, sure as eggs are eggs, I can’t republish the current one.
And the last type of review—which I have had from Publishers Weekly! – if the dope reviewer who didn’t like the first few pages and then pretended they read the book – when from their comments you can tell all they read was the two paragraph blurb. They were only after a quick paycheck and, frankly, are not worth responding to.
What are you working on now? What is your next project?
I have one more book in this series, the Tag series. Simon finally gets his comeuppance. Zip is… well, I’ll know when I finish writing… but I suspect Zip will save the day.
Bonus Question: Characters often find themselves in situations they aren't sure they can get themselves out of. When was the last time you found yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what did you do?
Besides panic you mean? MRI claustrophobia was hard… no, really, it was damn hard. What did I do? Pushed the damn button to get let out. Life can be like that… “Push the button Max!” (The Great Race movie) is sometimes all you need to do or can do. Move on.

Thank you for stopping by Nighttime Reading Center, Peter Riva. I hope to see you around here. I hope you stop by once in awhile. I love your books.

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