Author Interview – Peter Barber – A Parthenon On Our Roof

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Author Interview – Peter Barber – A Parthenon On Our Roof

Tell me a bit about who you are.

My Name is Peter Barber, I am 65 years old and write books about Greece. When I first went to Greece I met my fiery Greek wife who converted me from strait-laced Englishman into an Achilles character with sharpened sword and wits. My transformation was hilarious and embarrassing, but changed my outlook on life.

When did you first WANT to write a book?

All my life, I wrote magazine articles, funny stories, and a short humorous account of my experiences with the covid lockdown. After its publication, it became popular and inspired me to complete my book about Greece.

When did you take a step to start writing?

20 years ago, I had the idea for A Parthenon on our roof. The adventures of an Anglo Greek Marriage after being absorbed into my new Greek family. I spent so much time laughing and experiencing a wonderful new culture with the love and humour they gave me every day.

I wrote with a smile on my face and as the book took shape, I realised that under the skin; we are all the same. We all laugh, cry, and feel but Greeks do it better because the English upbringing teaches us to hide our feelings.

How long did it take you to complete your first book from the first idea to release?

Starting my book took 10 years and I wrote intermittently over the next ten years until it was ready and polished.

What were your biggest challenges with writing A Parthenon On Our Roof?

Writing a book about our lives together in Greece was a project which I enjoyed immensely. So many incredible experiences, visits to idyllic Greek islands, exploring the traditional foods and hospitality. The only real challenge was to sift through so many sections of our lives and choose which would be included in the book and reluctantly discarded some. But these will come back in the next book, so won’t be hidden for long.

What was your research process for A Parthenon On Our Roof?

My research was lived experience. Everything included, from Alex trying to kill me on a mountain road as a joke, to my begging her to marry me, is real.

How did you plan the structure of A Parthenon On Our Roof?

There was no need to plan the structure as it formed its own timeline.

Did you get support with editing, and how much editing did A Parthenon On Our Roof need?

Once the first draft was complete I sent it to an editor and her suggestions enhanced the readability and form of the story.

After the developmental edit came the line-by-line edit to remove any errors and loose sentences, leaving it ready for the final proofread.

What is the first piece of writing advice you would give to anyone inspired to write a book?

We all have a story. Write what you you, write every day, and write because you love it.

Can you give me a hint about any further books you’re planning to write?

The sequel to A Parthenon on our roof is a humorous book set in a small Greek fishing village where we chose to build a new home.

And, finally, are you proud of your accomplishment? Was it worth the effort?

Both Alex and I are very proud it became a best seller on Amazon worldwide, reaching number one in the category of Greek Travel, Humorous Essays.

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