As with many authors I’ve interviewed, I met Peter C. Bradbury through social media and later, we found ourselves as part of the same writing groups.
It’s always interesting to learn from other writers, and I’m sure you will enjoy Peter’s insight. He’s an Englishman now living in California, and he is passionate about his causes, which include: animal cruelty, hunting for fun, bullying, and human trafficking.
Read more about this talented author and see what he has to offer.
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Welcome Peter to Eden’s Exchange. Please tell readers how your best friend would describe you in 20 words or less.
Reserved, but with a devilish sense of humor. Loyal, and dislikes cruelty to others or animals.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I’d be more of a salesman. Being humble makes it very difficult for me to let the whole world know how good my books are.
This is a tough one, though I’ve never found the hard-sell to work with books. I think you’re better off being humble and readers will gravitate to your books in other ways. Is there a profession other than your own you would you like to try?
I’m too old now but I would love to be a professional football (soccer) player.
What makes you laugh, and I mean, REALLY laugh?
I laugh at people falling over, especially when they jump up and pretend nothing happened. I really laugh at classic British comedians.
British humor is one of my favorites. What is one thing you want to do before you die?
Learn to swim.
I’m sure you can do it with a few lessons! What are some of your favorite curse words?
I say “bloody” a lot, but I will also call idiot drivers “fucking wankers.”
The word “wanker” always makes me laugh! What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?
Writing my first book.
Tell us a bit about it.
My first book, Stonebridge Manor, was a world I really knew, and although it’s a novel, contains many personal experiences. No-one yet, has guessed who did it, before finishing the final chapters.
Blurb for Stonebridge Manor
Lady Baldwin is beautiful, desirable, conniving, nasty, yet sometimes kind and very thoughtful. Loved and hated in equal measure, it’s anyone’s guess as to who would ultimately kill her. As a part of the English Aristocracy, she is very rich, surrounded by servants, and totally outrageous.
Told by a real English Butler with a certain degree of true English humor, this murder story will give you an insight into life in a wealthy, country mansion.
Mainly from the news but also from my strange mind.
Tell us about the inspiration behind your second novel, Prospects.
Prospects came about because of a news story in the Bay Area. They were reporting about a young girl who was missing, and after doing some research I found out that there were thousands of missing people. Prospects was my mind thinking what may have happened to just a handful of them.
What is the best advice you’ve received as a writer?
To just write the story. I believe it was Hemingway who said it.
That’s a good one. Faulkner has a similar quote that I love: “Don’t be a writer. Be writing.” Tell us of some of your favorite authors and books, and why you like them.
P. G. Wodehouse, J.K. Rowling, John Grisham, James Patterson, Dan Brown. I think the Harry Potter books are not only phenomenal but also got kids reading again. The Da Vinci Code also includes a lot of truth, which is something I like to do as well.
Do you do a lot of research for your books?
Not a huge amount because I’m more focused on the story. I’ve read too many books that contain too much detail about things that don’t matter, and I skip through them. I don’t want to bore my readers.
How would you define your style of writing?
I’ve been told by several people that I’m a storyteller.
What stories were you telling in your 3rd and 4th novels?
Consequences was inspired by a grandson who was being bullied in school. My victim wanted to be apologized to, but would get revenge if he wasn’t.
The Innocent Children was a return to all the missing people in the USA. This though, was the children who are being trafficked for sex, and it is a very real problem.
It’s a terrible problem. What is your best advice for new authors?
Just write the story that entertains yourself.
Agree. It seems obvious, but it’s so important to enjoy one’s own story. That enthusiasm translates on to the page. Can you tell us about your next book?
It’s a thriller and it may be called, Burnt. The title may yet be changed if I can find a traditional publisher and they want to change it.
Ahh, so it hasn’t been released yet. Why should people read it when it comes out?
I always strive to entertain and keep my readers turning the pages. That is very important to me.
What is the best way for someone to support your book, aside from buying it?
Leave a review for it, and tell your friends about it.
What is next for you?
I’ve already written the first chapter but before I can go further I need to talk to the police!
Ha! One of the fun things about being an author! Let’s finish with a lightning round.
Aside from people/pets, what is the ONE item you would save if your house was on fire? If I still had a season ticket for my football (soccer) team, it would be that. Otherwise, my wallet and passport.
Favorite place you’ve traveled to or would like to travel to? I’d love to visit New Zealand.
Name a food you can eat everyday. Bread.
Salty or sweet? Sweet.
Coffee or tea or something else? Tea.
Cat/dog/other pet? Dog.
Favorite style of music? Traditional Jazz.
Your most guilty pleasure. Chocolate and Wine.
Favorite season. Autumn
Name something you cannot go a day without. Getting my soccer news.
Thanks for sharing with readers, Peter. It was a pleasure to learn more about you.
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Peter C. Bradbury was born and raised in a small town near Manchester, England. Manchester is in the north west of England and is famous for its soccer teams, its music scene that created Oasis, Simply Red, the Hollies, and many more. It is also famous for being a major part of the Industrial Revolution.
Peter did many jobs on becoming an adult, which was the perfect scenario for what he eventually became, an English butler.
After training, Peter went to work firstly by looking after Judges as they heard important trials around England and Wales, and then by working for titled families in huge mansions.
While he was still working as a butler in England, he came over to the USA in 1994 to attend the soccer World Cup, basing himself in San Francisco. On his last night before going home, he met Debbie in her hometown of Redwood City and they exchanged addresses.
On his return home he wrote to Debbie, and it escalated to the extent that Debbie went over to England and they married just before Christmas in that same year.
As Debbie had children in California, Peter and she flew back to the USA where Peter has remained ever since, working for ten years in Dallas before returning back to the San Francisco and then Sacramento areas.
Peter has always been an avid book reader, and when people kept asking him what life was like as a butler, he began writing Stonebridge Manor, but never really had the time to do a lot with it.
When he found himself out of work at the height of the depression, he returned to the book, and turned it into a murder mystery which has been highly rated. Since then he has written Prospects, another novel, and his third and fourth books, Consequences, and The Innocent Children, are now available in all formats.
Peter is still married to Debbie, and they have family in California, Florida, and in England. Peter is a huge soccer fan and golf lover, he retains his sense of humor, but like most good butlers, is very humble.