Writer Q&A: Eliot Peper, author of ‘The Uncommon Stock’ trilogy

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Eliot Peper is the author of The Uncommon Stock Trilogy, a startup thriller series that follows a college student who drops out to cofound a tech company. If you like Michael Crichton, John Grisham, or Cory Doctorow, it’ll probably be right up your alley.

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In this interview we hear a little from Eliot on why he chose to write fiction set in the startup world and the lessons he’s learned.

Questions asked:

  • What was your first ever idea for a book?
  • What skill or ability do you see as being most important for an author?
  • Do you think there are people who decide to write a book for the wrong reason?
  • What are the most important lessons you’ve learned as a writer?

 

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Quotes from the interview

“You see a lot of dramatic success, scorching failure, and there’s only a limited amount of that drama that the business press can capture because companies tend to talk about what they want to talk about not what’s really going on behind the scenes.”

“This is such a rich canvas for adventure, but the vast majority of the books out there are business not fiction.”

“I think fiction has a special place in our culture because rather than giving you someone’s ideas or analysis it actually allows you to get a more subjective peek into their mind and soul.”

“What makes you a writer is that you write.”

“When your friends are going to happy hour, you have to go back to the computer. And that’s hard to do.”

“If you write a book because you hope it’ll be the next Harry Potter, you’re going to become frustrated very quickly.”

“If you’re looking for financial gain I think that there are many other paths you could take tio wealth that would have a much higher chance of success.”

“We have an ego big enough that we think that whatever we’re putting down on the page deserves to be read.”

“My editors were wonderful and helped protect me from embarrassment.”

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