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Peter Golden: Why I Write

April 03, 2012 By: larramiefg Category: Guest Posts

[Peter Golden — journalist, historian, and biographer — realizes his dream come true today with the release of his debut novel Comeback Love.

Although it may have taken years for this honest and realistic love story to be written and published, Comeback Love is a book to be treasured. For, as curious as this fairy godmother usually is about discovering the backstory, where or how the characters were developed, the novel’s message, and how much of the storyline might be autobiographical, I realized I did NOT want to know the answers to this book. Being pulled into pages where everyone and everything felt and looked (the descriptive writing is memorably vivid) genuine is more than enough. And how refreshing to read about a relationship that is based on the individuals involved as opposed to events that drive their story. Simply put, this debut is a “keeper.”

Whether working as a journalist, historian, biographer or novelist, who better to ask “Why I Write” than Peter Golden?]

Why I Write

Time moves, and I find myself, frequently against my will, moving right along with it. I’m a different husband than I used to be, a different father, and a different writer. Where my family is concerned, I’m different because in so many ways, large and small, what your loved ones need from you changes with the passing years. Yet I’m a different writer because the reasons I write have shifted, leaving me to marvel at how naive I once was and, I’m happy to say, how dedicated I have remained to the craft.

As a young teenager, long before I began writing seriously, it occurred to me that I had only one life and writing would enable me to enter worlds that were closed off to me—from pitching in a World Series at Yankee Stadium to residing in eighteenth-century Williamsburg or serving as your newly elected president.

By the end of college, I was familiar with Henry David Thoreau’s observation that most people wind up mired in quiet desperation, and since I was philosophically opposed to sustained misery, I started writing on a daily schedule. Thanks to the enchanting gift the young possess for self-deception, I soon convinced myself that writing was an effective method for bending reality in my preferred direction. Absolutely ridiculous, I know. And in my case, absolutely true.

Less than ten years later, I was earning a living by writing, and I knew that I was lucky to go to an office in my own house and pay my bills by doing work I enjoyed. Still, money, like love, is usually something you think about only if you don’t have enough, and although by my thirties I felt relatively secure in my career, on occasion I asked myself why I got up every morning to face a blank page.

Honestly, I’m not sure I had a good answer to that question back then.

Now, after writing almost every day of my life for over thirty-five years, here is what I discovered: nothing, other than the joys of family and friends, gives me more pleasure than writing a sentence that informs me emotionally or intellectually. Of course, I hope others are touched or informed by that sentence. But if not, at least I tried.

And I wrote the sentence.

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Like Nicholas Sparks and Robert James Waller, first-time novelist Peter Golden knows how to write the kind of nostalgic fiction that men and women alike fall for. In Comeback Love, a universal story about lost love, he offers an evocative debut that begins in the tumultuous 1960s and ends in the feverish thrill of present-day New York City. Over thirty-five years ago, Gordon Meyers, an aspiring writer with a low number in the draft lottery, packed his belongings and reluctantly drove away, leaving Glenna Rising, the sexy, sharpwitted med student he couldn’t imagine living without. Moving between past and present, the book is a journey into the hearts of two lovers who came of age in the 1960s and is a sensual exploration of youth, regret, desire, and the bonds that mysteriously endure in the face of momentous change.

Please listen and picture this poignant and nostalgic book.

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Much more about Peter Golden can be found on his website, by following him on Twitter and becoming a friend on Facebook. And remember highly recommended Comeback Love is available at your local bookstore and online retailers today!

Book Giveaway: The Divining Wand is giving away one copy of Comeback Love by Peter Golden — in a random drawing — to anyone who leaves a comment on this post by 11:59 p.m. EST tonight! The winner will be notified by email on Wednesday..

6 Comments to “Peter Golden: Why I Write”


  1. The glowing introduction had me hooked already, and if that wasn’t enough, the lovely cadence to the blog post has me further convinced that I will read this book, and soon!

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  2. Would love to read this book! Love books set in the 60’s and how time and experiences change a person and their relationships.

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  3. This book sounds really interesting. New York is a great setting for a book.

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  4. Sounds like a great read. Count me in!

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  5. Jane Cook says:

    This sounds like a wonderful story, set during ‘the time of my life’.

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  6. Turning those dreams into a reatily, may just be what it is that keeps us hopeful. Some dreams come true, and you didn’t even realize it was what you desired.

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