We spent most of January announcing our Fantasy from the Rock all-star lineup, but without actually reading the stories (and you can’t, not until April 27th!) it’s hard to get to know the authors that are helping make up this epic collection. With that in mind, here’s our interview with Peter J Foote, owner of FictionFirst Bookstore and the author of The Silence Between Moons and A Troll By Any Other Name!
1. What is your favorite word?
Peter: Tremendous. Store clerks never know if you’re sincere or sarcastic when they ask you “How are you doing today?”
2. What is your least favorite word?
Peter: Very. It’s a lazy word.3. What is your favorite movie?
Peter: “The Thin Man” A 1934 detective comedy of a husband and wife. They are the perfect couple, who love life, break convention, and enjoy a good drink!
4. What is your favorite book?
Peter: Honestly, No one book is my favorite, there are some books I’ve read several times and love and others that I’ve only read the once but have made an impact on my life.
5. What was the last book you read for pleasure?
Peter: Currently reading “A Thousand Words for Stranger” by: Julie Czerneda. It’s amazing Space Opera by an talented Canadian author who I had the pleasure to have breakfast with and chat books in the fall of 2016.
6. What are you currently working on?
Peter: Currently compiling and sorting the dozens of story ideas that I have scribbled on paper, of different computer hard drives and memory sticks into one central location backed up to my Dropbox account. Need to get organized!!!
7. How did you get involved with Engen?
Peter: Engen put a call-out on the Hal-con facebook page and I decided to take a risk. I was “working through some stuff” at the time, and with a limited social circle, I decided to put my emotions into words with a story, and “The Silence between Moons” was born.
8. What is your favorite Engen Book?
Peter: “Sci-fi from the Rock”, not because it includes my story, but I’ve made some many connections with other writers because of it, that it has made a lasting impression upon me.
9. What (professionally) would you most like to accomplish?
Peter: I want to open a “bricks & mortar” used bookstore when I retire. It will have comfortable seating, a coffee maker and as long as it makes enough to pay the power bill, I’ll consider it a success!
10. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Peter: I always wanted to be an archaeologist. I studied anthrolopogy in university but became disillusioned by the paper writing which focused upon others ideas, I wanted to be out in the field digging in the dirt making my own discoveries. My passion for history is now satisfied by my books.
11. What profession would you not want to attempt?
Peter: Anything that involves jumping out of an airplane!!! NOPE!
12. What’s next?
Peter: Marriage to my love, hunting for our “forever home”, many adventures, and more stories to be written!