I’m a writer from Sheffield, England.

I’m married with one dependent cat, Munchie.

Picture of my cat, Munchie

The lord of the house - Munchie

I have a day job working at a desk with spreadsheets but away from that I write. Last year I completed a Diploma in Creative Writing and I’m busy writing and editing my novel before I start submitting work for my share of the rejections.

I plan to read more and write more and so far in 2012 I’m managing to do both. I am easily distracted by shiny objects (particularly LIVE sport) but I seem to have found my focus to write.

Two stories – The Forbidden Room; and Birthday Surprise are included in the e-book Just Get It Out There which is Out Now !

You can download your FREE copy at Smashwords.

116 Responses to About

  1. Appreciated your blog on dieting & writing, and am challenged to discipline myself to accomplish my writing goals.

    Pete, you set a great example for many of the rest of us. You have actually written your rough draft, & edited 5 chapters. Congrats, and thanks.

  2. rosereads says:

    Greetings Peter,

    I’ve nominated you for the Liebster blog award. Please check via this link: http://wp.me/p1PO0E-76

    I look forward to reading more of your work !!

    Best wishes,


  3. gabriellan says:

    Hi, Pete. It’s always cool for me to find another writer in the blogosphere. Pleasure to meet you!

  4. sandrabranum says:

    Wow you’re writing a novel. How are you doing with your script writing? I’m thinking about self publishing a poetry book because I seem to do better with that than anything else. Of course I may change my mind if I get rejects for the poem submissions still pending. Thanks for the like. Regards.

    • Pete Denton says:

      Hi, the script writing has taken a backseat while I finish my novel. I wrote a 30 minute film script for my final assignment on my course and I plan on submitting that to the BBC, but I want to tinker with it first.

      Good luck with the poetry and an ebook sounds like a good idea.

  5. Congratulations! I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award- http://allaboutlemon.com/2012/01/02/an-awe-inspiring-new-years-surprise/ Happy New Year!

  6. This is kind of silly, but I REALLY like the progress bars on your blog (for your crime novel and last reads). Did you make them yourself? Get them from somewhere? Honestly, I wish there was a “like” button for them (I’m pretty nerdy, aren’t I?).

    Oh yeah, I like the rest of your blog too (as much of it as I’ve gotten to so far). Your writing style is easy to read.

  7. Craig Hallam says:

    Nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award! Thought you should know πŸ™‚

  8. cathbore says:

    Cath Bore – Liverpool Writer About Town has nominated you for the 7 x 7 award! http://cathbore.wordpress.com/2012/01/21/ive-been-nominated-for-a-7-x-7-award/

  9. April Hawks says:

    I am super excited for you! I, too, am writing a crime/mystery novel. I particularly like that you post your progress on your work online! That is a great idea!

    • Pete Denton says:

      Thanks for visiting. The progress bar helps keep me working. If I put it on the site then I have to keep working, right?

      All the best with your crime novel. I’ll keep checking your site for updates.

  10. Thanks for the kind words over on Thoughts on Theatre. Good luck with all of your creative endeavors!

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  12. buddhafulkat says:

    Hi Pete,
    I’ve nominated you for a 7×7 Link Award. Participate if you wish, but there is no obligation to.
    Best wishes,

  13. Let me know when your book is out there!

  14. Hi Pete,

    Wanted to thank you for liking a recent post of mine. I too had to check out your blog because of our shared last name.

    Actually, Denton is my married name (though I am now divorced and back in the States), My ex’s family hailed from the Barnsley / Sheffield Yorkshire area so you might be a relation.

    Good luck with your writing (I finally have a full manuscript in the hands of a publisher–for review–after 5 years). Thank goodness the publishing world is changing…opening up. Believe in yourself and you will succeed. I look forward to reading what you offer here very soon.

    • Pete Denton says:

      Thanks, Shannon. I’m behind with accepting awards at the moment so I may be a while!

      • I know the feeling… I love getting them, but they’re quite a bit of work sometimes. I’m thinking of creating an award with a simple rule set such as: thank the sender, nominate 1-3 blogs, and share your favorite color. If I have to count past 4 while typing I have trouble πŸ™‚

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  16. Good luck in the writing world!! I have several books in the making, but my passion of late has been poetry
    Happy writing!

  17. Miss Edee says:

    Thanks for stopping by. Yes, the awards are nice. Reminds me I’m doing a good thing now and then. Feel free to poke around my blog a bit!

  18. Shadows Flame Heart says:

    Hey Pete, thank you for liking my posts (and sorry it took so long to thank you), it means a lot to me to have other writers enjoying my work, especially that piece. And I also feel the need to ask you about the progress bar on your page. I’d love to have something like it for motivation, where did you get it from?

    Again thanks for reading and I enjoy reading your blog as well!

  19. Anna Harte says:

    Hi Pete! Have to say, you sound like an individual with some serious work ethic — day job, writing nights, blogging away in between? That deserves a medal πŸ˜‰ Also, just a thought, but you mention “submitting work for my share of the rejections”… Ever think about self-publishing? It’s got it’s upsides, including no vying for the attention of agents/publishers/etc. Again, just a thought. Good luck with your book(s)!

    • Pete Denton says:

      Thanks, Anna. As it happens, my writing group is in the process of self-publishing an anthology of short stories and poetry. I do want to try and go the traditional route first but the more I read about self-publishing the more I warm to it.

  20. I am returning the compliant and I have nominated you for a versatile blogger award πŸ™‚ http://vintagestylequeen.com/2012/03/13/versatile-blogger-award/

  21. Stef says:

    Hi Pete,

    I looked for an email address or contact form but couldn’t find one! I’m wondering if you’d like to write a guest post for Dodging Commas?

    Happy writing!


  22. Hi Pete,

    I wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award. I really admire your determination and passion for writing.

    Check out my latest post for the rules: http://theafterdream.wordpress.com/2012/03/21/kreativ-blogger-nomination/

    Keep up the great work! πŸ™‚

  23. mac says:

    I do love a good crime novel. Great blog- keep it up.

  24. rtd14 says:

    Pete, if you did not already know, I have nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award. The steps are posted on my blog for last Sunday. I apologize for being late in letting you know: http://rebeccatdickinson.wordpress.com/2012/04/15/blogging-award-nominations-and-nominees/

  25. katkasia says:

    Hello! Hope you don’t mind, but I’ve tagged you for Lucky Seven. You can find out more at: http://kasiajames.wordpress.com/2012/04/24/lucky-seven-for-some/
    Look forward to reading a sample of your work.

  26. Kourtney Heintz says:

    I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award and the Sunshine Award. No pressure to participate, but if you’d like to find out more, come visit http://kourtneyheintz.wordpress.com/2012/05/23/blog-awards-time/

  27. Jeannie says:

    Pete, for some reason you’re not showing up in my ‘Reader’ and I’ve noticed just now it doesn’t show me “Following”! So I’ve clicked it again. πŸ™‚

  28. mutantbee says:

    I’ve nominated you for the Lucky 7 Blog Award! πŸ™‚


  29. 4amWriter says:

    Hiya Pete, I figured it’s about time I officially followed you (yes, I’ve been lurking, sorry–blame it on Shannon & Julie). Anyway, I enjoy your blog, I think your cat is adorable, and I hope your migraines ease up a bit. πŸ™‚

  30. Gary Henson says:

    Cool site, Pete! The writing journey is a long but satisfying one, is it not? Best of luck and keep writing!

  31. Jen Reg says:

    hi Pete! i have been so inactive for so long in my blog but i wanna thank you for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger award. i don’t feel so versatile now that i haven’t had the time to care for my blog but the nomination is very much appreciated. see you around!

  32. Hey Pete,
    I recently had another writer send me this excellent self done interview in the form of a blog chain. It suggests that I send it to other authors that I know and Of course you came to mind. Here are the basic questions. I can’t wait to see what your answers are.


    What is your working title of your book (or story)?
    Where did the idea come from for the book?
    What genre does your book fall under?
    Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
    What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
    Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
    How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
    What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
    Who or what inspired you to write this book?
    What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

    Be sure to link back to me as the originator and then tap 2-5 others who are writers like us who could benefit from the exposure.

  33. Salman Alvi says:

    I nominated you for an award at http://wp.me/pEn4Q-6h

  34. zehirablog says:

    Hi Pete, Thank you for checking out my Blog and your supportive comments. I have enjoyed what I have read of yours so far and look forward to reading more in the future.

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  36. soulofspice says:

    Solo glad I stumbled upon your blog. Enjoyed your reviews. I started writing a book 2 years ago & stopped. Hope to get some tips from your site.. Do visit my cooking blog. I’d love to hear what you think about it . Charu

  37. Many thanks for your follow – much appreciated

  38. tyroper says:

    Thank you for tagging me for the next big thing blog hop. It made me think and was a good exercise. I have nominated you for the REALITY blogger award.


    Congratulations, and thanks for the encouragement.

  39. ajaytao2010 says:

    Nice reading about you.

    Thanks. for visiting my blog Ajaytao2010@wordpress.com. Browse through the category sections, I feel you may definitely find something of your interest.

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  41. lilyluna93 says:

    Hey, I have nominated you for the Sunshine Award πŸ™‚ the post is here – http://writersblock93.wordpress.com/ If you don’t want to or cant no worries πŸ™‚ If no, no worries!

  42. Pete,

    Hopefully it is ok to send you a message like this via your comments section. I did not see any other contact information.

    First things first, great job with the blog. I love the variety and the great insights that you blog about writing and being a writer. That being said I was curious if you would be interested in doing a guest blog post for my blog? I have decided that I would like to get more people’s perspectives on writing so that my blog can help more writers. And I was thinking that having a blog post from England would be great. Not because I am going to ask you to explain the difference between writing in England versus the US or anything like that. But I do think it would interesting to just see your normal writing routine in your own words. When I lived in England I discovered that there were plenty of subtle differences in the culture, society and life in general. And I think it would be awesome to get that kind of perspective about writing. Just a post that is what you already post, a day in the writing life of Pete Denton.

    Granted I totally understand if you have a packed schedule and won’t be able to do it. But if you are let me know. hcmiller(At)asideofwriting(Dot)com


  43. rtd14 says:

    Pete, I know I’ve nominated you for things before, but I nominated you again for the Illuminating Blogger Award. http://rebeccatdickinson.com/2013/03/04/when-you-are-recognized/

  44. Nanny_cool says:

    Wow, how many awards! I am going to have to follow you now as want to know how you get on with your novel x

  45. nice blog says:

    Good web site you have here.. It’s difficult to find quality writing like yours nowadays. I honestly appreciate people like you! Take care!!

  46. aimi says:

    Thank you for following my blog!!

  47. Hi

    I have nominated you for both the Sunshine Award and the Versatile Blogger Award. I very much hope that you will accept these along with my congratulations.

    For the rules see my post: http://julianfroment.wordpress.com/2013/05/26/sunshine-and-versatile-blogger-awards/


  48. ElleLainey says:

    Congratulations! You’ve been included in my Pay It Forward blog post. Check it out – http://ellelainey.wordpress.com/2013/06/09/pay-it-forward-results-writersauthors/

  49. Hi Pete! I’m checking you out from A to Z, yeah I know it’s late but I don’t feel like one month is enough to get to everyone so I’m still hanging around the site.

    I love what you have going on here and I just wanted to let you know that I’m doing a blog recommendation post that includes you next week Wed.

    I’ll be back to talk shop later!

  50. I really like the cat. Reminds me of my Bob. Born to rule!

  51. Debbie says:

    Pete, I have nominated you for a much deserved award. Check it out!

  52. Prasad says:

    You have got a beautiful blog running here. Great work. Keep blogging. I will definitely hang around here a lot savouring the perfect cocktail of words that you offer.

  53. Hi Pete, Hope you are well? I tagged you in a game of WordPress tag for writers. Pop over to my blog to check it out.

  54. Pete: I have a favor to ask you about blogging. Could you contact me at sailingawayng@gmail.com?

  55. afsheenanjum says:

    Hello πŸ™‚

    Good to know you, I will be around to know more about you and your writing.

    May Allah bless you and your loved ones, ameen

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