Author credits ‘Tale’ project for finishing follow-up novel

Posted: Saturday, October 26, 2013 
By Matt Krueger |

Peter Troy came to Batavia in March, stuck in a creative rut. It had been 13 months since his debut novel “May the Road Rise Up to Meet You” was published, and work on the follow-up book was lagging.

But being the guest author for the “A Tale for Three Counties” community reading project was just the catalyst he needed to re-ignite his passion for writing. And for that, he says, he is grateful.

“When I started out, I wasn’t worried about publishing and book sales and promotion and all of that,” Troy said last week, following a fundraising dinner for “Tale” at the Hoag Library in Albion. “Then, as all of those things happened, I guess it’s natural to get caught up in that, but I found that I was really struggling with the creativity part of it, the creation of the story. Then I came here for three days, and I went around just talking about writing. The passion that everyone had for reading was just a wonderful experience. It opened my eyes up.”

With those open eyes, Troy set back to writing. Having penned only two chapters on the second book in his trilogy — titled “The Plow Share Legacy” — he poured out six more chapters in the two months after his “Tale” weekend.

“It just sort of opened the floodgates up,” he said.

Now that second book is nearly completed. As Troy put it, “The house is there; I just have to paint it.”

He is expecting to have it finished by January. And his third book, yet untitled, could be ready to go by next summer. He plans to have a “semi-polished” draft of the third book finished by April.

“I will tell you coming here in March was the beginning of my return to the purity of [writing],” Troy said. “From that point on, the story really started to take shape for the last two books. Now, I have the sense that I can finish this story.”

Knowing he would spend much of his summer in upstate New York — he lives in Ocean City, Md. — Troy reached out to Leslie DeLooze, who has headed up the “Tale” program since its beginning 12 years ago, about doing a fundraiser. DeLooze said she thought it was a wonderful idea and arranged the dinner.

“Anytime Peter wants to come here and talk to us, we would be excited to have him,” DeLooze said.

Troy gave the approximately 80 attendees a preview of “The Plow Share Legacy” and answered questions about the writing process.

The 2014 “Tale” program is scheduled for March 20-22 with author Karen Thompson Walker. She will discuss her debut novel “The Age of Miracles” at events in Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties.

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Courtesy of Batavia Newspapers Corporation

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