Interview: Peter Stjernstrom (The Best Book in the World)
Why did Peter write a book called The Best Book in the World, and what does he think the best book in the world is? As part of a blog tour I got to interview him and get all the answers. You can find out more about his book on Goodreads and Amazon or read my thoughts on the book in review of The Best Book in the World.
Nyx Book Reviews: Hi Peter, welcome to Nyx Book Reviews! Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Peter Stjernstrom: I have worked with a lot of different things in my life. For example I’ve been an assistant nurse, a bond market dealer, CFO and for the last ten years I’ve worked as a copywriter besides the fiction writing. I’ve also started a literary agency with two partners. I’m married to the best woman in the world and I have the three best children in the world. Of course I had to write The Best Book in the World!
Could you describe your book, The Best Book in the World, in one sentence?
It’s the only book you need.
Where did you get the idea for The Best Book in the World?
I asked myself: what would be a really good title for a book? The ultimate name? Once it popped up the whole story came to my head with a big BOOM. It happened at a restaurant and I told my family practically the whole outline in the following minutes.
Do you have a writing routine?
Yes. I go up in the morning and write the whole day. I start with editing the text from yesterday andthen move forward in the story from there. This goes on for a week and then I have to spend time with other projects. When the week is over I get severe anxiety problems if I don’t know when the next writing week will come.
What do you consider the best book in the world to be?
The best contemporary book is The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón and for older stuff I’d say a collection of short stories by Edgar Allan Poe.
Which other writers inspire you?
They’re so many! But I guess I have to thank some of the guys that made me love the adventure of reading: Jules Verne, Alexander Dumas, Robert Louis Stevenson, Selma Lagerlöf, Joseph Heller, Jean M. Auel, Luke Rhinehart, John Kennedy Toole and Franz Kafka.
Thank you for answering my questions! (: