Stop the Presses: Pete Peterson just signed a 3-book contract with Pallamary Publishing in Ocala, Florida. His “After Midnight - A Short Story Collection,” will appear soon, followed by his novella, “Leave The Night to God.” (James Harrison’s Master Seat has another resident!)
Pete’s quest for baseball's Hall of Fame ended when he could hit neither the fast ball nor the curve. His success as a rainmaker in publishing, advertising and executive sales led him to write his evergreen “Selling With A Purpose” and to generate sales and marketing pieces for Forbes 500 firms, as well as 'Mom and Pop' enterprises that make up Main Street America or the business park just down the street.
Pete is quick to give his Bride of Many Summers credit for scheduling time where he can write. His 3 kids are a major influence as well. “Victoria and Valerie - Frick and Frack- used to listen to my stories, sometimes late at night. Matt served as a beta reader for several short stories, his suggested led to there publication.”
A former Embassy Marine who served in Teheran, Iran, Beirut, Lebanon and Central African Republic, Pete ’s fiction has appeared in, "The Hunter's Horn", "Leatherneck", "Dead Mule School of Southern Literature," "Stoneslide Collective," “Deadly Writers Patrol” and other publications. His nonfiction has graced the pages of "The Kansas City Star," "The Coast News", "Rancho Santa Fe Journal". He has written more than 25 cover stories for Escondido’s popular “The Paper,” including his well-researched story, “Three Women Play Baseball in a Men’s League” which was displayed at the Black Baseball Museum in Kansas City this past March,
Pete’s short story, “Winner Take All,” appeared in Tales by 10 anthology (il fennore publishing). His nonfiction appeared in the "The Ravensperch," and "Charles Carter- a Working Anthology," wining him many advocates. He was a Shortlist Finalist in the William Faulkner/William Wisdom Foundation’s, "Words and Music" Writer's Competition three years running.
While by no means a gym rat, Pete enjoys regular spin classes with his wife, and is often at the weight bar. When not writing, Pete facilitates the twice-monthly Escondido Writer's Group, and accompanies Nancy on their extensive travels.
When Pete says ‘hard-scrabble” he really means “poor, but clean” as a former school teacher described his family.
“There may have been a harder worker than Dad,” Pete says, “but I never saw one.” Left with 6 kids under 16 years of age when his wife died in December, 1941, (Pete was 30 months old) Mick raised Eglentine, Helen and Joe Anne until they left home for marriage or work. Then, with Forrest and Pete, batched on 80 acres 3 miles north and west of Tebbetts, Missouri until he was felled by a stroke in 1950.
“Tough? That’s our middle name,” Pete says. “Our oldest sister, Bernice, took in Dorcas when Mom died. Dorcas became our first college graduate, raised and educated a family and has served her community as a Registered Nurse for many years. ” She and her husband, John, have been married for 60 years!
The two oldest boys, Russell and Hugo, served in the Army during WWII; both were retired military who lead distinguished civilian careers. Jessie Ruith, Eglentine and Helen all raised fine families and were community leaders; Helen. became a highly-respected Certified Occupational Therapist, raising a family and seeing that Pete finished high school. Joe Anne owned several success restaurants. Forrest served as a Marine and worked for a large petroleum company before becoming a fireman and asbestos removal expert.
“It’s the hard-working American that I mostly write about,” says Pete. “That gal or guy who gets up at dawn and goes off to work, lunch box in hand to do an honest day’s work for sometimes less than an honest day’s pay.”
A recent rave about Pete’s writing stated,
"Pete and I go way back to our meets at a local writers' critique group. He'd be reading from Family Blood: ‘They’s one thing Miss Ethel has trouble with, and that’s cookin ‘ with that Southern accent of his that yanked us into his settings and plunked us down for a finger-lickin feast so well done as to make us smack our lips for another serving. His characters took on flesh and blood with such realism you could've sworn you met them somewhere before. He takes us on a trip to those far away places with strange sounding names that keep calling us back.” ( R.M.Dell'Orfano - San Marcos Writers Group facilitator and regular contributor to New Oxford Review's Narthex Blog essays. )
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