Today I have Peter Leonard, author of All He Saw Was The Girl visiting My Reading Room. Make sure to check out his interview and the excerpt from this great new book.
What's the first sentence of All He Saw Was the Girl?
McCabe watched Chip offer the long-haired guy a cigarette, the guy surprising him, taking the pack of Marlboros out of Chip's hand.
When did you decide you wanted to be a writer?
I wrote ads for twenty-five years, and it became extremely boring. I started writing fiction in 2006, finished Quiver a year later and I got a two-book deal with St. Martin's Press in the U.S, and Faber & Faber in the UK.
If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
Hemingway short stories, and Of Mice and Men by Steinbeck.
What are some of your hobbies?
I play tennis, cook, collect wine, read. I go to concerts and movies. I love college football and basketball, and professional baseball. I have season tickets to the Detroit Tigers home games. I also love to go to interesting places.
If you had to pick a favorite character in All He Saw Was the Girl who would it be?
McCabe is the main character, and he's my favorite. There's a lot of me in McCabe.
Describe what All He Saw Was the Girl is about.
I think the copy on the back cover sums it up pretty well. Rome: McCabe and Chip, two american exchange students are about to become embroiled with a violent street gang, a beautiful Italian girl, and a flawed kidnapping plan. Detroit: Sharon Vanelli's affair with Joey Palermo, a Mafia enforcer, is about to be discovered by her husband, Ray, a secret service agent.
If you could take one trip, no expense spared, where would it be to?
Patagonia in southern Argentina. It looks spectacular. It's definitely on on list of places to go.
What do you have in the works right now?
I've written a sequel to Voices of the Dead, and I just finished another novel based on my time hanging out with Detroit Police Homicide.
Rome:McCabe and Chip, two American exchange students, are about to become embroiled with a violent street gang, a beautiful Italian girl, and a flawed kidnapping plan.
Sharon Vanelli’s affair with Joey Palermo, a Mafia enforcer, is about to be discovered by her husband, Ray, a secret service agent.
Brilliantly plotted and shot through with wry humor, ALL HE SAW WAS THE GIRL sees these two narratives collide in the backstreets of Italy’s oldest city.
Peter Leonard’s debut novel, QUIVER was published to international acclaim in 2008, and was followed by TRUST ME in 2009, and VOICES OF THE DEAD in 2012.
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