Friday, March 13, 2015

Peter Bailey ~ an interview and his novel Walk in the Flesh

Peter Bailey


British author Peter Bailey creates an edge-of-your-seat techno thriller with Walk in the Flesh. This Barbarian Books sci fi novel unveils the puppet masters pulling the strings in England's greatest espionage unit, and who pulls their strings.

Betrayal feeds the desire for revenge even as the impetus to be a good person creates our humanity. In the best tradition of science fiction the techno thriller Walk in the Flesh explores not just the science behind the nanobots that create this cyborg assassin, but also the huge cost to humanity of this technology.

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Q: Are you a morning person, or a midnight candle burner?
A: Both a morning and midnight owl (This makes for long days) I’m one of those irritating people that go “I’m awake! Quick lets do stuff!” and at the end of the days its “bed? Sleeping? What an odd idea”

Q: Tell me one thing about each of the four seasons you like. It can be anything.
A: Well I like the deep base with extra anchovies and .. oh you mean the periodic rotation of the earth! Definitely autumn (fall for the Americans) there is a real sense of mother earth taking a rest, drawing breath before the big push next year.
November: Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness

Q: How do you feel when a reader (or a fan) takes the time to contact you?
A: Very very pleased. As one small voice amongst so many, the idea that I’ve made some sort of connection is very pleasing

Q: Tell me something you would like your readers (fans) to know about you.
A: Perhaps what they should know. I’m British, very very British with the peculiar sense of humor that only makes sense to 25% of the population.
Most Americans think I’m either very witty or on some sort on mind altering drug

Q: What is your favorite word? Is there a reason?
A: Treppenwitz!, which is a great German word that means “the really snappy come back that you only think of a week after you needed it”
“Your hair is a mess”
“Well – you are a mess”

A week later. “Well your hair appears to have been constructed from dead foliage by itinerant monkeys that have only ever seen animated cartoons”  

Q: List these in order of preference, French food, Chinese food, Italian food, Indian food, Home cooking, backyard BBQ.
A: Yes, all of those please with a side order of Garlic bread.
And a beer

Q: How do you feel about exercise?
A: I firmly believe in Mens sana in corpore sano, A heathy mind in a heathy body. That’s why sometimes I push myself to the limit and park on the top level of the car park and have been known to refuse a second order of fries.  

Q: Texting, love it or hate it?
A: uz of txt shud only b employed by thOs undR d age of 17


Q: Where do you get your ideas?
A: Everywhere! As Terry Pratchett so sagely pointed out, stories have a life of their own and any event can become  part of them ~
You trip on a crack in the pavement,  but its not a crack at all. Planet wide earthquakes have opened up crevasses into the earth’s core and corrupt governments are using the things making their way to the surface to change the world. 

Or the pretty girl in the shop smiles at you, but really she is a vampire and has selected you as her next prey. First she will seduce you, cut you off from your friends and then use you as a sex object (I should be so lucky). But when she tires of you she will hunt you through the glass and concrete canyons of the city. Stripping away your humanity, layer by layer, until you are primitive man shaking a pointed stick at an implacable enemy.

My book Walk in the Flesh came from an even simpler idea. What if there were no end, and that Nick Cave and the bad seeds were right when they said,  “Death is not the end” What if one man’s need for revenge was so pure, so strong , that death itself would be a minor inconvenience.

Q: Which element of book writing is most difficult for you?
A: Definitely just getting the first draft down on paper (well, ones and zeros any). Until the second draft, that’s definitely the hardest part. Then there’s the editing which beats all of them and is only eclipsed by trying to sell the completed book and of course trying to publicize it.

Q: What is your favorite part of writing?
A: All of it. I like the unfolding of the story, the painstaking editing,  chasing down references. All of it

Q: Who's your favorite author?
A: It has to be Stephen King, because he is the thousand pound gorilla in the room (at this point I’d like to apologize to Mr. Kings (and his lawyers) for describing the great man as an obese member of the Hominidae family) Mr. Kings arrival reshaped the horror landscape as subtly as dropping a concrete block into a goldfish bowl. Everything published since 1974 has some echo of his work. In some cases the effect is no more than the effect Pluto existence has on high tide, in others you see that an author has completed the whole “How to write like Stephen King course”

Q: When crafting the story do you go from beginning to end, or do you jump around writing the scenes that are pushing themselves forward in your brain?
A: Beginning to end, because there’s always that ‘hook’ of getting to the next good bit.  So although you are doing necessary plot development,  you know that tomorrow you have a really good disemboweling to write.

Q: Do you always know how a story will end when you begin writing it?
A: Yes, absolutely. In true biblical style with the start came the end. Everything between those two points is up for grabs, but I always know where the story came from and where it is headed

Q: Generally speaking, is your work based on real life experience? If it's not would you want it to be?
A:  Would I want it to be? Well considering that most of my writing involves none survivable situations – on the whole I’d have to say no

Q: How long does it take you to create a novel?
A:  Coming up with the base idea, the plot development, the character arc – about a day. Getting it down on paper, spell checked with coherent characters – about a year

Q: Do you like to read the genre that you write?
A: Of course! Only by seeing others can we learn. But I will read anything and everything (except perhaps Romance) There’s a big world out there, and we only have a limited allocation of days. Make the most out of them

Q: What are you working on now? Would you like to share anything about it?
A: I’m working on a detective novel, no sci-fi, no horror. Just pursuit of the truth and what it costs to get there

Q: Do you have a new book coming out soon? Tell us about it.
A: A Knot Too Hard should appear late 2015/early 2016. This is 20% horror, 30% sci-fi and 50% ‘who done it’.  This is the only book where I’ve had to research genital bisection, please don’t google that term – at least after eating.

Q: How can we find you? Do you have a web page, FaceBook page or any buy links?

A:   I’m on facebook as both

Buy Link: My book is currently located at:
It will be available from Amazon and all other good shops (if any still exist) from April 2015

Neil isn’t really human anymore. After terrorists killed his wife, scientists used nanotechnology to turn him into the perfect weapon. As a man he was unpleasant, dangerous and of little use. As wetwear, he is unpleasant, very dangerous and extremely useful. He kills without mercy, then erases the evidence by destroying his temporary body. The aftermath is someone else's problem.

The scientists that created this weapon knew they had made a monster. They did not know that Neil was monstrous before they started. What do they tell their superiors when Neil's atrocities escalate? With every mission a success, will the bureaucrats even care?

But Neil is worse than homicidal and psychopathic, he's untidy. When he leaves his severed head in Iran, he leaves a pathologist a puzzle to solve. If she succeeds, it will destroy England's only chance to survive in a terrorists' transformed world. The humanity of every member of this top secret team will be stretched to the limit when they are ordered to send this powerful psychotic assassin on a rescue mission.

An extract from Walk in the Flesh :
Coming abruptly to his feet, Neil rammed the chair back into the shins of the guard behind. The pain made him bend forward, perfectly positioned for the rising strike that took him in the throat. Across the table, the guard’s smile changed to alarm at a snail’s pace and he recoiled a little. This put his head at exactly the right angle, so Neil’s palm-strike to his nose sent splinters of bone directly into his brain. He was probably dead before he reached the floor.

Frozen in the grip of slow time, the seated coffee drinkers barely noticed as Neil crossed the room towards the entrance.

The reactions of the remaining guard were good. He very nearly managed to get his rifle into the low ready position before Neil’s fluid speed pushed him through the plate-glass window.

Stunned and confused, the guard lay on the dusty floor surrounded by a halo of broken glass, and reached for his weapon. The automatic rifle had been left behind, but he still had a pistol. Neil took a step and bent over the guard. The glass shard in his hand ripped through the grey uniform and into the soldier’s heart with no meaningful resistance at all.

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