Partridge Singapore is pleased to introduce Don Peter, author of The Eurasians.
Please briefly describe your book.
My book is The Eurasians. It is a romance-thriller novel spanning from 1964 to 1998. I believe this is the first English novel written in North Borneo.
Who is the author “behind” the book?
The author is me, Donald Peter. My pen name for this book is Don Peter. Currently I live in Jesselton (Kota Kinabalu) in East Malaysia. I studied at the University of Institute Technology MARA, Kuala Lumpur in the School of Library and Information Science, Department of Mass Communication. I was a Librarian from 1979 to 1989 and all this exposed me to books. But I got my experience in the real world when I became a businessman from 1990 until 2012, ranging from construction to operating a spa in North Borneo (Sabah). I also got involved in local politics from 1996 to 2000. These experiences help shaped my literary background. I sharpened my writing skills when I started blogging since January 2015. The title of my blog is TRAVEL LEISURE AND GOLF IN BORNEO.
Do you have any particular literary influences that have helped you develop in your genre, subject and style?
When I was a small boy, I loved telling stories to my brothers before we go to bed. I created those stories from my own imaginations and they enjoyed it. When I grew up to be a teen-ager, I have this ambition to be a Hollywood movie director. At that time I didn’t know that stories of movies were created by scriptwriters. I thought directors were scriptwriters. While driving and got stuck in a traffic jam, I used to imagine all sorts of fantasies that I created myself. At that time, however, I don’t like to read novels. I read Time, Newsweek and other popular magazines. It was only in 2000, that I read my first novel. It was The Best Laid Plan by Sidney Sheldon. Later on I took interest in John Grisham’s novels. All these I believe, helped shaped my genre and style.
What is the one message you would like to convey to your readers about your book?
As human beings, we definitely are going to face failure. Even successful and famous people went through this situation. But if we persevere, success will come eventually; whether it’s love, career or business. Another point or message conveyed by my book is how political and business greed destroyed our environment. I want them to know, Borneo’s natural wildlife are facing destruction on a massive scale; in the jungle as well as in the sea. The bio-diversity of Borneo is connected to every one of us in this world. If Borneo goes down, so will the rest of the world.
Partridge Singapore will return with Don Peter in part 2.