Monday, November 22, 2010


Eric Pete is a national bestselling novelist. His previous works include: Real for Me, Someone’s In the Kitchen, Gets No Love, Don’t Get It Twisted, Lady Sings the Cruels, Blow Your Mind, Sticks and Stones, Reality Check and Crushed Ice. He has also contributed to the anthologies After Hours, Twilight Moods, and On the Line. He currently resides in Texas where he is working on his next novel. His website is

Piano In The Dark

Chase Hidalgo has a successful career, a loving wife, and a loyal best friend, but something is still missing. His unfulfilled dreams leave him unsure of his place in the world. Then a chance meeting with a mysterious stranger changes everything.

Ava claims to know Chase, but he has no memory of ever having met her. Still, something about her intrigues him. She seems to know so much about him; she has insight into his deepest feelings and desires, things he’s never even told his wife. He can’t resist this enigmatic woman, and soon the two are involved in a passionate affair.

It isn’t long before Chase starts to wonder just how Ava knows so much about him. What is their true connection? As he searches for answers, his life is coming apart at the seams, and Chase is beginning to wonder if he’s lost his grip on reality. Ava is a woman who will stop at nothing to regain what she believes she’s lost, and if Chase can’t find the right key to unlock this mystery, there could be dire consequences.

Filled with his trademark unexpected twists, Eric Pete has penned yet another dark, sexy hit that takes readers on a journey to places they never imagined.

How did you start out your writing career?

I've always been the creative sort and had a love of reading as a child. That combined with an imagination and being weened on old late night black & white movies to form the foundation. I never set out to be a writer, but after years of ignoring the voices in my head, I finally gave in at my wife's urging during 1999. That door opened and, ten novels later, I haven't looked back.

What did you learn while writing this book?

Not to allow limits to be set on where my mind takes me.

What did you hope to accomplish with this book?

An exploration of unfulfilled lives. To look at outcomes shaped by pivotal events and how similar or different things might have been with subtle changes in those events.

I also wanted to do another fusion of genres like I had with Crushed Ice, but something completely different...taking the fantastic and bringing it down to an everyday level.

Is the “writer’s life” what you thought it would be?

I'm wasn't sure what to expect when I began this, but it has definitely exceeded it in most of the highs and some of the lows. It has profoundly shaped me as a human being and how I see the world. I've been blessed to have been exposed to so many positive, wonderful people.

What are three things you wish you’d known before you reached where you are now?

How strong an influence fads/trends can have on the publishing industry.

How to have more wisely/efficiently spent my money when operating as a self-published author.

Can you give us one do and one don’t for those aspiring to be a writer?

Do-Do your own research on the business. Don't expect all answers to be given to you because for some things there isn't a catch-all answer.

Don't-Don't let criticism destroy your spirit.

What one thing about writing do you wish other non-writers would understand?

We're far from rich. A majority of us continue to work our "day jobs". If you go into this expecting to be an overnight success and write for purely financial dreams, then you're in the wrong business. I know you said "one thing", but here's one more. Writing is a solitary task. In order to do what we love, it sometimes requires us to shut off from others to get things done. Nothing personal.

What is something readers would be surprised you do?

I'm a big time comic book reader/collector.

If you could be a character from any book you've read, who would you be?

Whoo. That would be a tough one. Maybe a knight of the roundtable. I'm happy with who I the moment.

Our theme this month is Men In Fiction. What male writer are you reading?

I'm in the middle of working on a project, so not reading at the moment. The next thing from a male writer that I will pick up is probably by Dwayne S. Joseph, Eric Jerome Dickey or James Rollins.

Oprah always asks, What do you know for sure?

That I am blessed to be loved and to love in return.

Can you give us a sneak peek of your next book?

A little too early to discuss the project that I'm in the middle of, but I also hope to revisit my character Truth from Crushed Ice real soon.

How can readers get in contact with you? (mail, email, website)

Facebook: ERIC PETE Readers Group

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