Today I am on the Blog Tour for Texts from Dad by Peter Barber and I am here with an interview with the author.
Before I share that though, here’s some information on the book.
Title: Texts From Dad Author: Peter Barber Publisher: Clink Street Publishing Published: 27th August 2020 Format: Paperback Source: N/A Links:Goodreads. Waterstones. Summary: Hilarious account detailing 57 days of corona virus lockdown by way of daily texts to his daughter that ended up going viral. Bringing a smile by taking a different view. Introducing humour and leading the reader through a slow realisation that we have all been affected in the funniest ways if only we would stop to think about it. After the first page a smile will creep across your face, by page two you will be hooked. Written by A technophobic old fart that has trouble programming a dishwasher who was pushed into writing a blog using modern technology during forced isolation. Funny, or insane? You decide. Peter is a Carnivore with vegetarian tendencies. (Sometimes meat needs a garnish). BBQ enthusiast, Father to a wayward daughter, Husband to a fiery Greek philosopher and muse. Owner of two unfit overweight dogs, part time writer and full-time couch potato. Laugh at him, or with him. Either way, you will probably end up laughing at yourself too.
What is your favourite thing about writing books? I love to laugh every day. Writing does this for me. Most of my writing is comedy based on either personal experience, or my feeling of everyday events. It is a very personal experience but when I share, it makes people look at themselves and realise that they can see the same. Simple things make me laugh. Watching the awkwardness of people no longer shaking hands to greet. My idea of adopting other ways to communicate while watching my dogs in the park when they meet their doggie pals and considering if this could be adapted to replace handshakes.
I am currently drafting a full-length book about my experience being married to a Greek and my adjustment into her culture. This will be released early next year.
Who is your favourite character in your book and why? My wife is my favourite character with her obsession to keep me sterile. She would spray chemical on me whenever I entered the house. The dogs would permanently smell of bleach, she would even spray disinfectant on the neighbour’s fence in case a coronavirus jumped into our garden.
Donal Trump and Boris gave me lots of material as the only advice being given by the British Government was to sing happy birthday twice while hand washing. Trump went one better by suggesting bleach injections and eating UV light.
My daughter features often. I would make her laugh daily with my persistence of trying to adopt her family Guinea pigs as a BBQ ingredient knowing full well, she, and her family are strict vegetarians. Her not knowing how to use her allocated one walk a day and deciding to sell it on eBay.
What is your favourite drink to consume while writing? I would like to say beer. But its tea. I tried drinking a glass of beer during one of my daily writing sections, I thought my writing was hilarious until I reread it and found an incoherent jumble of meaningless words. After that I resisted opening a beer until I had finished and sent the draft to my daughter for posting.
Do you have any bad habits while you’re writing? Once I start writing, I try to include too much. The more I write, the more I laugh. So, I just keep on and am in danger of becoming boring or dwelling too long on a subject. I must be aware that I am only writing a daily blog and not a novel. Or so I thought??
How did you research your book? Looking out of the window at the lack of people. No cars, no aircraft in the sky. Visiting the supermarket and made to stand for hours in the rain on my bit of tape two metres away from the shopper in front waiting to be let into the store while avoiding coronavirus, we were all liable to catch pneumonia. Watching people holding their breaths while you walked near them as the Government had told us not to wear masks as it was being led by the science which said that they wouldn’t help. Nothing to do with the fact that masks were rarer than hens’ teeth and nobody could buy one. Even doctors and nurses Covid wards were struggling to source them.
Are you a plotter or a pantser? Definitely a Pantser. Until I sit down to write, I have no idea what I would include in today’s blog. Then either a smile or a frown would creep across my face as an idea would form and I would start.
If you could live in any fictional world, which would you choose and why? Treasure island would work as long as I could take my family. I am not a people person and have trouble with small talk. I hate parties as I usually get cornered by some half drunken accountant that insist on discussing the value of his house and how many times a week he mows his lawn. I love a deep philosophical discussion and always up for a chat about the meaning of life. Usually with my Greek wife who’s ancestors invented philosophy. Also. I like parrots.
If you could befriend any fictional character, who would you choose and why? I think we like people that we can relate to. During my slobby days it would be Homer Simpson with his obsession with beer and pork chops.
If I were in need of stimulation, Sherlock Holmes would be the chap as I love a good mystery.
About the Author
Peter Barber is a 63-year-old Company director and technophobic that has trouble programming a dishwasher. He was pushed into writing a daily blog by his daughter using modern technology during forced coronavirus lockdown. These daily texts quickly became viral and spread to a worldwide readership.
Peter loves to make people laugh and sees humour in even the most mundane activities. New methods of greeting are discussed as handshakes are no longer fashionable. Worrying about what is classified as an essential item when out shopping and praying that it includes beer. Claims that 5G towers transmit Covid-19 are discussed and examined together with proposals that UV light combined with bleach injections could protect us from the virus.
Peter is a Carnivore with vegetarian tendencies. (Sometimes meat needs a garnish). BBQ enthusiast, Father to a wayward daughter, Husband to a fiery Greek philosopher and muse. Owner of two unfit overweight dogs, hates walking, loves writing enjoys beer.
Peter is anti-Brexit and lives most of the time in Bedfordshire but spends as much time as possible in Greece for the weather and the company.