About Quintin Peterson:
Native Washingtonian Quintin Peterson is a retired District of Columbia police officer who served the public for more than 28 years. He is an artist and an award-winning writer who has authored two DC-based crime novels, a book of poetry, several short stories available via Amazon Kindle and BN.com Nook Books, and has contributed to six crime fiction/noir anthologies, D.C. Noir, edited by George Pelecanos; Bad Cop, No Donut, edited by John L. French; From Shadows and Nightmares, edited by Amber L. Campbell; To Hell in a Fast Car, edited by John L. French, Felons, Flames and Ambulance Rides, edited by Marilyn Olsen, and Explosions: Stories of Our Landmined World, edited by Scott Bradley. Also, his short stories appear in the British horror magazine SANITARIUM and in Heater Magazine (formerly known as eNoir Magazine).
He is currently employed at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.
What inspires you to write?
I love the art of storytelling. I enjoy hearing a good tale as much as I enjoy telling one.
Tell us about your writing process.
Whenever a story occurs to me, I know, in general, the beginning, the middle, and the ending. When I prepare the first draft, I am telling myself the story…and ideas come along as I go. All the editing that follows has one purpose: telling the reader the story.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I create the characters to serve the story. What motivates each character fuels the story and moves it forward.
What advice would you give other writers?
Find your genre and read lots of books in your selected genre. And write a lot.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’ve done both. When you’ve written what you believe to be a good book, do whatever it takes to get your story in front of readers.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Whether in print or in ebook formats, the future is bright.
What genres do you write?: crime fiction and its many subgenres, including mystery, thriller, noir, hardboiled, and police procedural
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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