Writer Interview: The Exiled Geordie
Meet Peter Mann. He is a highly successful Sports writer and has written numerous pieces over the past seven years. You may be tempted to think to yourself that because you are not totally interested in football that this will have no relevance to you. You would, however, be mistaken. Peter Mann has a talent for writing magazine articles, and I find that although I know nothing about football, I still enjoy reading and critiquing his work simply because of the way he conveys it.
I decided to ask Peter a few questions about his published work and his goals as a writer.
What is your favorite quotation?
A quote in which can be attributed to that of C.V. White and a one in which I have used previously at the beginning of a personal piece. Numerous sections of this specific quote can, and have been attributed to both my life and works. It shows that success and failure are to go hand in hand and that we can’t have one without the other. We need to strive to learn from our mistakes and it is those, I believe, that makes a person who they are or strive to become.
What is your favorite book/magazine this week?
Regarding magazines however, that is so much easier, especially as I only really read three – Toon Talk (which I contribute to), Writing Magazine (subscription and work purposes) and World Soccer (collected and read since 1993). Of late these three contribute in some way to both of my passions, that of football and writing.
Tell me a bit about yourself and why you want to be a writer.
My writing began back in 2003 as an outlet for the hurt and depression caused following the death of my younger brother the previous year, and has grown since then into what it is today.
As for becoming a writer, I’m doing this because I want to do it, it interests me, and it’s a passion, not a chore.
What kind of magazine articles do you write?
I also use this pen-name for the interviews and articles that are on my website blog.
What is your favorite magazine article written by you?
I have written numerous pieces over the past seven years and for me to pick a specific piece would be difficult and not do the others justice. Therefore I have chosen a couple from different publications. From the BBC’s non-league website in June 2008 I wrote a feature which was entitled ‘The Northern League meets the FA Vase’ where that of Consett, Dunston Federation and Whitley Bay were through to the competitions quarter-finals and I proceeded to interview their managers, Kenny Lindoe, Perry Briggs and Ian Chandler respectively. The ‘Glorious Decades’ articles I contributed to Players Inc magazine were all favorites and interesting in their own, individual rights. And finally, in June 2010, I researched and wrote ‘The history of sport psychology from early North America to modern day Europe and beyond’ for the British Psychological Society’s student member’s publication, Psych-Talk.
Was your article published? If so, where?
Of all the articles in which I have had published, all of which have been done voluntarily I hasten to add, have been written out of love and passion both for that of the written word, and the subjects themselves. I love the research which goes into a good written piece, especially with the historical articles, as well as the sense of accomplishment upon completion.
How did you go about researching your article and how time consuming was this?
The Sport Psychology piece is the most recent large feature I have written and this took a vast amount of time and research to complete. It was, as with anything else I have wrote, done with some purpose, and this was no different, being linked to a presentation I was giving at university on the same subject matter. Personally it had relevance to myself and helped me to understand something further, even though this meant reading through vast amounts of textbooks and research papers in order to accomplish the end goal.
How did you hear about Write & Share?
I heard about Write & Share from an advertisement that was placed within a recent edition of Writing Magazine. I don’t usually take much notice of adverts but for some reason this particular one caught my attention. Following on from this I searched for and joined the Write & Share group on the social networking site, Facebook, befriending several group members. It was from here I was then directed to, and subsequently registered, on the newly created Write & Share website.
How do you feel the site will benefit you and your writing?
Over the past seven years I haven’t really set myself goals or ha any aspirations of achievement other than just doing the best that I can in what I am doing. However, in recent months, and with all that is being done now I am looking into the possibility of maybe doing the NCTJ program upon the successful completion of my degree in 2012. This will hopefully take my writing knowledge and journalistic skills onto the next, and a higher, level. This, alongside the possible magazine venture and book writing etc, will lead to my becoming a writer and going some way to repaying the faith of the two people that have assisted me in recent years.
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