Peter Koevari’s well-received fantasy series, Legends of Marithia, are international best sellers in Dark Fantasy and Sword and Sorcery, and have over 250 reader and critic reviews. It is being adapted to a web series under GP2 Entertainment, with Little Dog Productions in Brisbane, and sets its sights on Hollywood, streamers, and studios. It is also being adapted into comics with ex-Marvel artist, Frank Percy. His short stories feature in Endless Worlds anthologies, and he works on a new science fiction novel, and the last Legends of Marithia installment, due for release in 2017-2018. Not afraid to push boundaries and walk controversial lines, Peter’s books are bold, surprising, and have a cult following.
What inspired you?
Inspiration into my work comes from all things and most of all, things which stay with you. Whether it be a conversation had with a friend, a film which touches you or leaves you in awe, books which you can disappear into, video games which draw you in with such intensity that you sweat, or music which makes you close your eyes and moves you. Some key titles of inspiration that comes to mind are Lord of the Rings (Films), Liveship Traders (Books – Robin Hobb), Interview with a Vampire (Film), Elder Scrolls series (Game), Game of Thrones (TV), Metallica/Bullet for my Valentine (Music – Action, Intensity), Staind (Music – Emotional)
What has been your journey up to this point?
This would never be a small answer. My writing and film journey has been over the past 12 years, but the roots of it grew from far before that. I am a firm believer in continual improvement, and quality over quantity. I don’t spin out lots of books every year, and rather focus on getting a smaller number of novels right. The last 2 out of 12 years have been heavily in film, learning screenwriting and producing, and whilst hindsight can be a wonderful learning view, I’d much prefer foresight and looking at what’s ahead.
What are you working on now?
I’ve got two novels in-progress: Mind Jacked (my first full-length scifi, which will also become a TV pilot script), Legends of Marithia IV (Intended on finishing the series), and in film, I’m working on Legends of Marithia pitch episodes (some are already out on GP2 Entertainment’s Youtube and Facebook right now), D-Evolution (Scifi film concept, short film and feature pitch), Ring Around a Rosie (horror film concept, short film and feature pitch), Stand (our first documentary, currently in early development stage)
As a child, what was your relationship with books?
Always loved them, and that carried on, but didn’t get into epic novels until my late teenage years. The jump from enjoying content to creating it always felt like a final frontier, until I later found a way to jump over that.
What is the most important thing about what you do?
To continue toward ultimate vision and goals, and keep making great stuff! Stick to what’s important to you. End games can seem impossible, but so long as your compass is set, and you know exactly where you want to be, then getting there just takes moving a step at a time, and also never being afraid of rejection or nay-sayers. There is a strong vibe “out there” of Tall Poppy Syndrome. I don’t let that stop me, ever. You have to be resilient in writing, creating, publishing… and that goes for ALL formats, whether it be film, adult novels, children novels, or TV.
What are the challenges you face in this industry?
This would be a very long list, and that is a reality I wish new authors were all told up front, and actually took that on board. I’d say investment, market reach, and achieving major adaptation are the biggest ones.
What advice can you offer to aspiring authors?
Relating back to the “most important thing”, making great content is hard. Expect difficulties, challenges, and be realistic about where you are, what you will achieve along the way, but dream big and ignore the nay-sayers. Focus on quality, not quantity. The last thing anyone needs is another 10 books of mediocre quality to flood the market. Be better than that and your readers will take notice. Not everybody will like your work, ever! That doesn’t mean your work is bad. Listen to the chorus of feedback, and if your work *does* need refining, then get it done. Treat it all like your business. Nobody will make you succeed FOR you… you have to learn to wear many hats, including marketing and sales.
What is your definition of success?
This depends on what you measure it by. Many see success as fame and fortune, and may never actually feel “successful”. To me, measure success in small and big jumps, and don’t be deterred by failures. Failure is the mother of success. Don’t aim to fail, but don’t fear it either and be disabled by it. Success is doing what you love, however you can, and achieving what you set out to do. Focus on making great stuff and doing what you love, NOT the money and short gains as those don’t last. A following and great creations comes first, as does all the hard work to grow your audience. The money should come later.
What is your ultimate goal?
I do have many, but to be a household name in books, films, TV, running a successful production company and publishing brand which puts out popular and high quality content, and to challenge the status quo in the industry and help evolve the creative world.
How are you involved with Share Your Story?
I run workshops with Share Your Story, and am active in the group in general.
Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Peter-Koevari/e/B007IGYMTO