Peter Jump has previously worked as a journalist and travel magazine editor. He also wrote the book Stupid Factor, a guide to setting up a new business, published by Management Books 2000. Over the past few years he has taken an increasing interest in creative writing, including completing his first novel (a science fiction story, Cry-O-Baby Inc.) and developing a full-length two-act play (Services Rendered). He has had short stories published by Every Day Fiction and written comedy sketches for BBC Radio 4. Peter also had an entry longlisted for the Fish 2013 flash fiction competition and a play shortlisted for performance at London's Bush Theatre.
Peter Jump in 60 seconds
When did you start writing?1992 Manchester
What do you love about short stories?They provide a tasty nugget you can chew on all day (or all week, if you're lucky)
Do you write in other forms?Novels, stage plays and radio comedy sketches
What distracts you from writing?If I'm in deep with a project, nothing except hunger.
Outside of writing, what are your other passions?Motorcycles, cooking and rabbits (the last two are not related)
What is your favourite book?Blood Meridian, by Cormac McCarthy
Who are your favourite writers?James Ellroy, Alastair Reynolds and Vladimir Nabokov
Where is your dream location?Mexico
What one item would you put into Room 101?The word 'whilst'.
Do you have any advice for new writers?Join a writing group.
Work by Peter Jump:
The Buttered Fly Effect
When feisty 35-year-old Jane decides to confront Fear 37 she soon finds herself adrift in a sea of chaos. In a rundown hotel in Dawson Creek, Canada, to achieve her goal she must contend with crazed middle-aged bikers, drunk oil workers and a hippy called Ralf. Will she survive to face Fear 38?
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