Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Take 5 Interview of Pete Klein

Take 5 Interview

How does being Catholic fuel an author's fascination with vampires? Is it difficult to make the
transition from reporter to novelist? "Take 5" with acclaimed author Peter Klein below and find
1) How has your being Catholic fueled your fascination with vampires?

Complicated. I don't believe anyone can be condemned for being who and what God made them
to be. This is basic to my imaginative view of vampires. If they were to exist, they would be flesh
and blood creatures created by God. No creature exists, from T Rex to tigers to humans to
vampires without God being the creator.

2) What makes the vampires in your novels different from the ones in other authors' writings?

The history of vampires in fiction and the human imagination has always viewed them as demons
of sorts, My take is to see them as a natural, undiscovered creature who from a morality point of
view is no more evil than any of the worlds top predators which are capable of killing humans for
food or in self defense. Think of a lion or tiger who looks like and passes for being human.

3) Was it difficult to make the transition from reporter to novelist?

No. I was interested in writing fiction before I became a reporter and continue to be a reporter. I
believe my writing as a reporter has helped me be a better novelist and being a novelist has helped
me be a better reporter.

4) How's life in the Adirondacks these days?

The Adirondacks is a unique place. It is the largest wilderness area east of the Rockies. The
county I live in, Hamilton County, is larger than the state of Rhode Island but has a year-round
population of only about 5,000. We have long, cold winters with lots of snow and short, warm
summers. But my favorite season is fall where the autumn colors are fantastic.

5) Which author, living or dead, would you want to pen the story of your life?

Laugh, laugh. I have an aunt who keeps bugging me to write my own biography because she
thinks I have led a very interesting life. Just for kicks, Truman Capote might be a choice. Other
choices might be Herman Hesse or E. A. Poe. Looking at the question from the point of view of a
reporter, I would pick Hemingway. I like his brevity.

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