Thursday, August 7, 2014

Q&A with Author Pete Abela

We recently had an opportunity to ask Pete Abela, author of A Painted Room, a few questions about
his new release. Enjoy the interview!

Q:  Tell us about your novella, A Painted Room.
A:  For expectant parents, the origins of a new life are usually accompanied by excitement, anticipation and just a touch of anxiety about the future. There are classes to attend, prams to buy, and of course, the baby's room has to be painted.

This description fits Gary and Melinda quite nicely - except Gary hasn't painted the baby's room yet. He finally gets around to starting the job, but Melinda's water breaks before he finishes the first coat. 

From there, the situation rapidly deteriorates. Their baby, Justin, is born via caesarean. Shortly after the birth Justin experiences breathing difficulties and is transferred to intensive care a few hours later. 

The story follows Gary over a tumultuous few days as Justin undergoes emergency treatment. Gary and Melinda quickly discover that when a baby's life is on the line, it doesn't really matter whether or not you have a painted room.

Q:  Why did you write this book?

A:  My youngest son was very sick shortly after his birth. We spent a difficult week in the intensive care ward and I got to see firsthand the challenges faced by many new families, as well as the incredible skill and dedication shown by the medical staff looking after them. Having seen the amazing work and heartbreaking challenges that take place in a Neo Natal ward, I thought it a great setting for a book.

Q:  How is your son doing now?

A: I’m pleased to say that my son made a full recovery and is now a happy and healthy - although somewhat mischievous - two year old.

Q:  Can you tell us anything about your upcoming books? 
A: I have a book called Lessons from a Two Year Old being released in November. It’s about Johnny, an IT geek still lives at home with his parents. When his brother and sister-in-law help a sick friend, he gets coerced into babysitting his two year old niece, Zoe, on a weekly basis. Johnny reluctantly takes on the challenge with humorous and often near-disastrous results. Over time, Zoe's independence-seeking and outgoing personality inspires Johnny to try to improve his health, his fashion sense and even his love life. However, after a couple of setbacks, Johnny wonders if it’s worth the effort and retreats to his former habits. Can Zoe show him the way to true love?

Q: Where can we purchase the book?


Q: Where can we find you online?

A:  You can find me at:
Twitter: @PeteAbela

Thanks again for interviewing me. It was great fun.

Thank you, Pete, for answering our questions and taking the time out of your busy day. We really do appreciate it!  

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