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Leonard Peter Leonard lives in Birmingham, Michigan. His first novel, Quiver, received wide-spread critical acclaim.

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An Interview with Peter Leonard:

1. What was your biggest childhood ambition?
I wanted to be a professional football player or a racecar driver, but
neither panned out.

2. What is your fondest memory?
I have four kids, and seeing the birth of each was pretty spectacular.

3. What did you do for fun as a child?
Played baseball, and made tree forts and shot cans with my BB gun.

4. What was your worst job?
I cleaned chemical drums, dipped them in a bath of caustic soda, wearing rubber gloves, apron and boots, making $4.11 an hour at Western Eaton Solvents and Chemicals Company.

5. If you had another occupation than the one you are in now, what would it be?
I'd be a rock guitarist in the mold of Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, or Nels Cline of Wilco.

6. What inspired you to write?
Boredom. I'd written ads for 25 years and needed some other way to express myself.

7. What was your biggest challenge when writing this book?
Finding the time to do it. I wrote Trust Me part time while I was still working in the advertising business.

8. What do you dislike about writing?
Reading a manuscript over and over again during the proofing stage. It becomes so familiar and repetitive you start to doubt yourself.

9. What book are you reading now?
I just finished Queenpin by Megan Abbott. Very entertaining. Megan's a good writer.

10. Where is your favorite place to write?
I write in my bedroom. It's a big room with a lot of light and very comfortable. I sit in a chair with my feet on an ottoman and write longhand. Then I sit at my desk and transcribe the longhand to an Apple laptop, or an iMac.

11. If your best friend was a celebrity, living or dead, who would it be?
Woody Allen. He's funny and entertaining and interesting, and also quirky and neurotic. I think he'd be a good friend.

Copyright © 2009 Peter Leonard, author of Trust Me.