Peter Molnar has been writing genre fiction for over twenty years.
He is a member of the Horror Writer’s Association and a VIP Author for
Stitched Smile Publications. His work has appeared in such magazines
as City Slab: Urban Tales of the Grotesque and the e-zine Necrology
Shorts among others. He works in the Bucks County secondary school
system as an English teacher and Creative Writing Coach. He lives in
Southeastern Pennsylvania with his wife and daughter.
Name, age, height, hair and eye colour?
Peter Molnar, 41-years old, brown hair and brown eyes
2) Tell us about your childhood.
Books were my best friends growing up. That and heavy metal. I
grew up the middle child of three boys. My older and younger
brothers connected through a common interest in sports. I was
more the artsy standalone type kid, so I spent a lot of time by
myself reading endlessly and listening to music. Writing stories and
songs and lyrics seemed like the next logical step from that. But I’m
glad it worked out that way and I wouldn’t change a thing, really!
3) What got you writing in the first place? When did this happen?
Weird story involving Pee-Wee Herman and a blue electric
typewriter. When I was 9-years- old, my favourite movie was “Pee-
Wee’s Big Adventure”. I must’ve watched that movie every day for
months and from that obsession came the sudden, odd impulse to
try and write a novelization of the film. My dad let me use his blue
Selectric typewriter and I think I got five chapters in before I
realized it was a pretty pointless endeavour. My father introduced
me to Stephen King at a very young age, and by accident. He
would leave his paperback copies of King’s books all over the
house. I happened upon his copy of “Pet Sematary” when I was
eleven and read it over summer vacation. It scared the hell out of
me. It also laid the groundwork for a lifelong love of horror and a
ceaseless desire to write a story that would scare someone as
much as that book scared me. I’ve been chasing that dragon ever
4) How did your parents/guardian react when you told them you
wanted to write? Was it a positive experience? Please explain.
I taught myself how to write and edit my work without having any
sort of real support in the form of family members checking out my
stuff. I had to put my own gas in my tank and I had to give myself a
lot of pep-talks growing up because everyone seemed pretty
neutral towards the whole enterprise. But what happened from that
was I worried a lot that not having anyone to show my work to could
mean I had no way of knowing if I was any good or if I was wasting
my time. I worried that having no one to give me feedback could
cause me to repeat and eventually reinforce bad writing without
5) What most annoys you about writing? Please explain.
Years ago, I would have said editing, but I have learned to love the
cold and calculated approach of it almost as much as the white-hot,
self-hypnosis of writing the first draft down. I wrote for the longest
time as a “pantser” instead of a “plotter” and learned it wasn’t
working for me. It only made the editing process that much more
difficult. It made editing feel a lot like trying to force a wilting, twisted
plant to aim itself back towards the sun so it wouldn’t die. With my
more recent short stories and the novel I’m currently working on, I
have started to write as a “plotter” with a flexible outline in place for
everything. Writing this way, I don’t dread editing like I used to
because I think it will be a much smoother process now that the
story’s skeleton is in place before slapping the flesh onto it. And
your characters still pull away and tend to do their own thing
regardless of an outline. That’s the ultimate cool, when your
creations start to grow and evolve away from their creator’s
6) Do you have any tattoos or piercing? If so, what/where?
I have one tattoo on my left shoulder of the Pearl Jam “Alive” Stick-
7) Tell us about your new book: a brief outline of the plot, was it
difficult to write, is it your first, where did the inspiration come
My new book is titled “Broken Birds”. It’s sort of like “Marley & amp; Me”
meets “Helter Skelter”. Iraq War veteran, Will Bentley, loves his
girlfriend and his dog, a beautiful but haunted German Shepherd
named Alberta he rescued from a war zone in Fallujah. Life is good
for them in the rural Pennsylvania town of Comstock. But, you
never really know who your neighbors are until one fateful day
when two twenty-somethings, the fragile, agoraphobic Stella Post
and her sociopathic, ex-convict lover Karl Tarlick collide with
Bentley’s family in one quick, violent encounter that changes all of
their lives forever. The path of blood, murder, and macabre that
follows in the wake of this encounter becomes one of legend. A
road trip from hell. A cast of fractured people, all of them broken in
one way or another. Some broken birds fight to take flight once
more, while others claw and bite for dear life. This is the story of the
broken folks who live down the road, and right next door.
I’ve written four novels before this one, but I knew this one was
better than the others because there were a lot of times during its
drafting I had to take a step back because I thought I had taken
things too far. Then it would dawn on me I was on to something if
that’s how the story made me feel. The story itself comes from my
belief that human beings have a seemingly boundless capacity to
be cruel one another, and we all belong to the animal kingdom. A
kingdom as vicious and cutthroat as any Wall-Street firm or UFC
fight. I wanted to peel back the veneer of human beings as
elevated, refined creatures to reveal the animalistic tendencies
towards cruelty and survival they try so hard to deny and to
8) Preferred method of relaxation music, booze, a night out,
Lately, I’ve been binging on “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and
“The Following” every night. I’m a big tv binger and a big gamer,
even though I know both activities are major time-eaters. In a good
week, I make it to the gym every other day. But, reading and
reading widely always trumps the other stuff. I try to read two to
three books a week.
9) Favourite junk food?
Pita chips and hummus
10) Five favorite bands?
1. Pearl Jam
2. Marilyn Manson
5. Green Day
11) The Joker or IT?
Heath Ledger’s “Joker”…there is no substitute
12) What’s the most embarrassing thing to ever happen to you?
I was at a funeral for someone and forgot the name of the
13) Nutella or peanut butter?
Peanut butter in any and all forms.
14) Which genres do you like to operate in?
Horror, thriller, and spec-fi.
15) Who or what inspires you to get creative?
Any moving piece of media usually nudges me into creative mode. I
remember the feeling of exhilaration movies like “The Dark Knight”,
“Inception”, or “House of 1,000 Corpses” left me with once the end
credits started rolling. I needed to get home from the theatre and
write. Songs like “Neutron Star Collision” by Muse or “The
Reflecting God” by Manson do the same thing for me. I remember
reading “Bird Box” by Josh Malerman most recently and after the
first couple chapters I felt so inspired to get back to work on my
own stuff I sat down and pounded out 4,00 words in one sitting.
First time I ever did that! Thanks, Josh!
16) Favourite author?
A tie between Dennis Lehane and Joe Hill.
17) Where can we find you online?
18) What are you currently working on?
I am in the home stretch of my novel “Broken Birds” for Stitched Smile
Publications. I’m also writing a short story titled “The Chimera” about a
wealthy heiress suffering from body-dysmorphia who becomes
obsessed with turning herself into a cat to match what she has been
seeing in the mirror for years. A plastic-surgery cautionary tale, I guess!