I wanted to be a writer from a young age. I loved reading as a child and was reading novels at the age of seven. At High School I excelled at English, History and Geography. I went to university, and completed both a law degree with honours and a BA in English with sub-majors in Philosophy and Economics. In my first year at university while sitting in 20th century English literature lectures I was in my element. I was too young to write novels then, I needed to live first: have some experiences to write about.
Tell us about your writing history. When was the first time you decided to write and when was the first time you did?
At the age of thirty I decided to travel around Australia and write a novel about it. I completed that novel 22 years later, in 2016. The book is called ‘East – A Novel’. It will be out as an eBook in August 2016. In 2014 I wrote and published my first book ‘Millennium – A Memoir’. I took the travel notes for that book in 1999/2000. So there has been delay between starting and completing my books. The reason for that is my life, like most people’s lives, has been busy. I’ve been busy earning a living, having relationships and generally living life. And it took time to find my writer’s voice; that came to me later in life.
Did anyone influence you / encourage you to become a writer?
Many great writers including Ernest Hemingway, George Orwell and John Steinbeck inspired me to become a writer. At school it was generally acknowledged by my teachers that I could write well, and that was encouraging. At university one of my lecturers said I had ‘a good solid prose style.’ He also said it was ‘a little wordy’ and it was back then. In the years since I’ve cut the wordiness back to something pretty lean and economical. I’m comfortable with the prose style I have now. It didn’t come easily. Like most worthwhile things it has been hard earned.
I’m a ‘tell it like it is writer’. I’m interested in getting to the truth of things. My books are not politically correct. You won’t find the truth in political correctness. I’m writing to be an authentic voice that both entertains and makes people think.
Tell us about the concept behind your books. How did you get the idea?
My books are both travelogue stories based on real life experiences. I’ve found travel conducive to creativity; it frees the mind and frees the soul. The rat on the wheel working life stifles creativity.
What is your life like outside of writing?
I work as a barrister, which is a self-employed lawyer. I specialise in civil litigation.
What makes you laugh?
Politically incorrect humour.
Who would you like to invite for dinner?
I think it was Charles Bukowski who said: ‘My heroes are all dead and the replacements seem very shoddy indeed.’ The people I’d like to invite for dinner have passed on. Writers I would invite would include Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, Jack Kerouac and F Scott Fitzgerald. I would also invite the philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche.
What song would you pick to go with your book?
I talk about music during ‘East’ including songs like ‘I Walk the Line’ by Johnny Cash and music of the time by ‘The Smiths’ and ‘ZZ Top’. Those songs would naturally fit with the movie of ‘East’.
What are you working on now?
I’m busy promoting ‘East’ and working in my law practice. I’ll get back to creative writing some time soon. I think there’s at least one more book to come.
Is there anything you would like us to know about yourself and your books?
A New York literary agent has read ‘East’ and says ‘its great’ and ‘without question the most anticipated book of the summer.’ I’m looking forward to the release.
My author website is at www.perihoskinsauthor.com.
For a limited time I have the Millennium ebook free from my website. Here is the link bit.ly/FreeMilPH.
The ‘East’ eBook is available now as a preorder both at Apple and Amazon.