Peter Palmieri was raised in the eclectic port city of Trieste, Italy. He returned to the United States at the age of 14 with just a suitcase and an acoustic guitar. After attending public high school in San Diego, California, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Animal Physiology from the University of California, San Diego. He received his medical degree from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine and completed his pediatric training at the University of Chicago and Loyola University Medical Center. More recently, he was awarded a Healthcare MBA by The George Washington University. Currently, Peter is busy practicing general pediatrics at a large academic medical center while working on his next medical suspense.
What inspires you to write?
Human drama. And as a physician, I have a front row seat. And I’m not talking just about the joy of birth and the tragedy of death. Even the seemingly trivial, if you’re able to bore down past the surface, can expose great meaning.
Tell us about your writing process.
It’s pretty basic. I write something. The next day I read it and promptly crumple it up into a nice paper ball and toss it in a trash can. The process repeats itself until one day I find the tiniest flake of gold. Then I try to dig a little to see if there might be more nuggets hidden in that scrape of dirt.
If I do find something of value, I start my first draft by writing the climax first. That way I’ll know what my destination even if I take a bit of a scenic tour to get there.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don’t listen to them as much as I try to understand them. If they could talk to me they’d probably lie half the time, so I have to be careful to interpret the little gestures, the body language, the peculiar habits they harbor. But when I’m struggling to understand them, I put them smack in the middle of a horrible situation and see how they respond.
What advice would you give other writers?
No matter what you’re writing, zero in on the truth. You’ll know you’re getting close to the truth when the landscape has no cliches, no purple prose, no melodrama and you feel like someone is holding you by the throat as you scratch that pen across your notebook.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Self-publishing gives authors unprecedented flexibility and creative control. It’s too darn exciting to pass up.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I have a horrible record when it comes to forecasting trends. I hope the traditional publishing houses will come to respect and embrace indie authors much as the movie industry has done in recent years.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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