Back in March I reviewed Peter Murphy’s second novel, Shall We Gather at the River. I asked Peter if he’d mind doing a quick interview for the Multiverse and he was kind enough to oblige. If you haven’t yet read SWGATR I recommend you rectify that immediately!

Photograph by Graham Keogh

Photograph by Graham Keogh

Shall We Gather At The River is your second novel. Do you find the process has gotten easier? 

It’s a bit like climbing a different mountain every time. There are new traps, pitfalls, mistakes, skills to master. For every trick you’ve gotten the hang of, there are another nine to learn. You often hear writers say they naively thought the second one would be easier, only to find it’s just as hard, if not harder. As a writer you’d hope your technique is getting better, but there’s also a compulsion to try something new with each book, erasing your tracks, reducing yourself to a remedial level and starting over. I feel like I’m only a pup, learning the hard way, by trial and error.

The relationship between mothers and sons seems to be a theme in your two books. Is this coming from your own experience? I have a theory that the relationship any of us have with our mother, be it good or bad, shapes our human interactions for the rest of our lives. What do you think with relation to your own writing?