Friday, June 14, 2013

Interview with Author William O'Brien

Interview with Author William O'Brien

Hello William, thank you for chatting with us!

 1.) Your novel is titled peter A Darkened Fairytale, tell us something about it that will encourage readers to pick it up.

PETER: A Darkened Fairytale is a children's novel- rough age range 11-13 but fun for adults too!
 Peter: A Darkened Fairytale
It is a strange mix of bizarre characters and magical hidden worlds- people have compared it to a dark Alice in Wonderland, Lion with and the Wardrobe and early Harry Potter.

For all those imaginative souls

A fascinating tale takes the reader on a true flight of fantasy into amazing far-off lands, dramatically expanding the imagination and touching the heart. An exploration of the senses is tantalized through the many unusual characters, while exploring alternate realities. A placid opening of the mystical realms should not be underestimated as they soon lead off and reach into some of the darkest corners of the mind. A gentle fairytale twists along its path into an unusual and disturbed adventure

2.) Do you have a WIP (work in progress) that you want to tell us about.
a) 'Peter, Ghosts and Stardust' - a book of poetry which may contain a few short stories
b) A follow-up novel to PETER: A DARKENED FAIRYTALE
c) Another poetry book- very dark
d) Writing a script to hopefully stage a short theater play of PETER: A DARKENED FAIRYTALE

3.) Do you have a hidden talent?
Oh yes, I see ghosts... only joking! Hmmmm.... or am I?

4.) Favorite joke?

I don't have one but anything silly makes me giggle!

5.) If you cold spend the day with any character from a book, who would you choose and what would you do?

Kiylore the dragon.

6.) Top 5 favorite books.

Alice in Wonderland
Picture of Dorian Grey
Grimm Fairytales
The Faraway Tree
Zen Flesh Zen Bones

7.) Do you have favorite time of the day to write?
I do tend to function better later in the day and late at night.

8.) Any advice you would give an aspiring author?
Never give up and always write your true voice.

Listen to most people but take the advice of few.

Living in a small village in Lancashire, England, the author has written his first book, Peter. In the 1990s, the author had twenty-one articles published, both nationally and internationally. After gaining an honours degree in Geosciences, doing post-graduate study in Occupational Health and Fitness, and earning a masters degree in Science Communication, he developed an interest for simple communication. A passion for writing again emerged, and combining various interests in fine art, museum exhibition display, biology, geology, poetry, and the mystical led to the story of Peter: A Darkened Fairytale. The author still retains a childlike vision of the world, which is conveyed throughout the book.

To contact William, to learn more about him, or to purchase his book you can follow these links:
Peter A Darkened Fairytale
Amazon UK


  1. Great interview Glenna! William O'Brien is an interesting man and I'm happy to get to know a little more about him.

    1. He is super nice, I love learning so much about my fellow authors, thank you Vashti!

  2. Thank you for the interview Glenna- it's great to be here!