Escape To Redemption by Peter M. Parr
Publisher: Roundfire Books (June 24, 2016)
Category: Mystery/Thriller, Crime, Some Metaphysical
Tour Dates: August/September, 2016
Available in: Print & ebook, 280Pages
“She can hide from the police, but not from her guilt.”
Josie only had the gun to frighten Curtis Rook, but his son disturbed her. One startled reflex and now he’s dead. Josie flees to Poland leaving her boyfriend Snaz to take the rap. A reformed criminal offers her refuge from the police and the chance to begin a new life, but she cannot hide from her guilt. As the stakes rise, Josie begins to realize that only her own forgiveness can set her free.
Fast-paced and original, Peter M. Parr’s contemporary take on Crime and Punishment challenges traditional ideas about guilt and redemption, and the meaning of forgiveness.
Interview with the Author:
What initially got you interested in writing?
I’ve always enjoyed putting words down on paper. I remember that even as a seven-year-old I used to write stories for pleasure and dreamed of being an author one day.
How did you decide to make the move into being a published author?
I began writing a novel while I was still in my teens. Over two decades, the story changed and evolved, growing along with me. I took every opportunity to seek out constructive feedback. After editing and polishing, and getting to the point where I was finally happy with what I’d written – and with my 40th birthday looming – I took the plunge and began submitting it to publishers.
What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?
I hope that the story will resonate with readers and that it will encourage people to reflect. We can be quick to form opinions about people or situations and to judge them as good or bad, but often things are not so black and white. Escape to Redemption may begin with a murder, but it’s essentially a positive book. Like Josie and Snaz, we all make mistakes. But those low points in our life can provide us with a chance to grow. What matters is how we learn from them and how we choose to live from this day on.
What do you find most rewarding about writing?
My most rewarding experiences have been when words have simply flowed. It doesn’t happen very often, but every now and then the perfect description or exchange of dialogue will come to me. It’s also very rewarding when I receive an unsolicited email or letter from someone I’ve never met, telling me how much they have enjoyed my book.
What do you find most challenging about writing?
I’d like to have more free time to devote to my writing. At the moment, I need to fit it in around my day-job – though I have switched to working a four-day-week, which helps. The other thing I find challenging is the marketing side of things. Promoting my work is not a task that I relish, but if I did no publicity then no one would discover my books.
What advice would you give to people want to enter the field?
First, write for the love of writing. Enjoy the journey without being attached to the outcome. (That’s something it’s taken me twenty years to learn!) When it comes to subject matter, choose a subject you’re passionate about. What’s the story you most want to tell? Ask yourself what motivates you to write. Don’t try to court popularity, but remain authentic to your own voice, your own muse. That way, originality will shine through in your work.
Conversely, when it comes to the details, be open to constructive criticism. Seek out feedback, and try not to be discouraged if it isn’t always glowing. I used to become disheartened when more experienced writers suggested ways in which I could improve my work. Over time, I learned to welcome this feedback and I actively sought it out. If someone does provide constructive comments, I’d recommend that you give yourself a break of a month or two to reflect on them rather than immediately accepting or rejecting everything the person says. My experience has been that, if I allow that space, I’ll then be in a better place to consider the comments in a less emotionally-attached way and to discern in what ways they might be valid and how to take them on board.
What ways can readers connect with you?
Readers can connect with me on Goodreads and Amazon.
About Peter M. Parr
Peter M. Parr works part-time as a civil servant, which gives him time to indulge his passion for writing. He facilitates workshops to encourage people to reflect on what truly matters. He lives in Hastings, England, overlooking the sea. Escape to Redemption is his first novel.
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