As a child Peter moved from California to Vermont, and then on to Cape Cod. Originally, Peter wanted to be a theatre major, but his months studying in Dublin changed all that.
“I had my awakening in Dublin. I found poetry, and I realised that the theatre wasn’t for me. I loved being part of a city that did not hide its rhythmic cadences; it’s craic, language and beauty.”
Later, taking an MFA, Peter started writing poetry. He now has many collections to his name. He’s also written a novella, and a book of translations. Meanwhile, he was teaching, most notably, at Lebanon College, in New Hampshire, where he guided the Creative Writing Programme.
Five years ago, jobless, Peter started writing in earnest. He wrote a play, and toyed with two manuscripts. He also has two collections of poetry on the go.
The debut was inspired by the death of his roommate, back in the college years.
“I was making sense of that early loss, then the characters lifted the story and made it other.”
Who is Peter Money?
Date of birth: November 6th, 1963 in Napa California.
Education: Barnstable High School in Cape Cod. College in Ohio, Arts. (With a semester in Dublin.) Brooklyn College, MFA. “And I have a library degree.”
Home: Brownsville, Vermont.
Family: Wife Lucinda, children, Hartley, 20 and Lily, 18.
The Day Job: At home dad. “And I teach whenever I have time.”
In Another Life: “I paint. But I would like to be spending the long hours that I spent on my novel painting.”
Favourite Writers: Michael Cunningham; Virginia Woolf; Jack Kerouac; JD Sallinger; Grace Paley; Lawrence Durrell; Michael Ondaatje.
Second Novel: “It’s about a man I met inside the restroom in the twin-towers. He spent his days handing towels to patrons.”
Top Tip: “You need faith, persistence, gratitude and belief. And an ability to ignore rejection.”
Website: www.petermoney.com Twitter: @OhSaintsnovel.
The Debut: Oh When the Saints. Liberties Press: € 14.99.
A young American, Danny is in Dublin – where he’s looking for love and a sense of self. As he ambles around, with his oddball friends, he’s hoping for a bright future.
The Verdict: A poetic Joycean ramble, this debut is a delight.
Published in The Irish Examiner on 23rd June
© Sue J Leonard. 2019