Peter Liney was born in Wiltshire but has spent a large part of his life overseas. He has written sitcoms for ABC and Channel 4, and drama for the BBC and South African radio. The Detainee is his debut novel. He lives in Salisbury.
Peter was kind enough to chat with me about INTO THE FIRE, the next book in his dystopian series.
Kristin Centorcelli: Book 2 of your dystopian trilogy, INTO THE FIRE (after THE DETAINEE), is already out in the UK, and will hit the US in 2015. Will you tell us a bit of what we should expect from this instalment, and our hero, Clancy?
Peter Liney was born in, what Thomas Hardy called, ‘Melchester’, Wiltshire, UK, though he has spent a good deal of his life travelling, with Australia and Thailand acting as his second home for ten and two years respectively. His list of occupations is embarrassingly long, everything from teaching English to Italian football managers and Japanese pop stars to acting, selling sewing machines in the Australian Outback, and two days as a trainee stuntman (he gave up, thought it was far too dangerous). He loves photography, music – both listening to and playing, and is a great movie lover. Which is possibly why he has been accused of not writing books at all, but ‘movies in a book form’. If he wasn’t a writer, he would’ve loved to have been an opera singer, so we should all be grateful for his writing success.
THE DETAINEE, published by Jo Fletcher Books, is available in paperback in the UK on July 3. Also on that date, the second part of the trilogy, INTO THE FIRE, is released in hardback.
The Age of Dystopia
by Peter Liney
It’s strange, when I started to write THE DETAINEE TRILOGY it never occurred to me for one moment that I was breaking the mould in any way. And oddly, when the first book came out in hardback last year in the UK, it didn’t seem to occur to any of the reviewers either, nor indeed, anyone I know who read it. But when it was published in the US, well, that was a very different reaction altogether. Suddenly I was fielding questions like, ‘What was it that persuaded you to write a dystopian story not for a YA audience?’ and ‘Do you think this is the beginning of a trend for dystopia for old folks?’ As if I’d somehow cunningly spotted a lucrative gap in the market.