Interview with Peter Glassman

What is your writing process?
I utilize a concept sheet for each book. I write the story line followed by several milestones for the plot. Next comes a working title. I then write the first chapter. This is the book's birth. I add a glossary of characters as the story develops and I usually retain the glossary for readers who pick up and put a book down for reading intervals.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story was an Aesop fable about sour grapes. From then on I visualized a book as having a purpose as well as story line.
How do you approach cover design?
I have my graphic artist read the book and we discuss features which would stimulate picking up the book from a shelf. The cover should have elements of the story components and one sentence about what's inside.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read Carl Hiaasen, James Lee Burke, Peter Benchley, Michael Crichton.

I enjoy medical thrillers and historical novels and they influence my similar authoring genres.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Lowering prices.
Describe your desk
I have a centrally positioned laptop computer. On either corner of the outside of the desk are facing models of 1873 Army .45 Colt revolvers - one matte gray and one polished nickel - as described in my historical western COTTER. A large jar of realistic appearing human eyes in water symbolic of the my novel THE EYEMAN is behind my computer screen. This memento was sent by a reader. I have notepads on either side of my laptop and a perpetual cup of decaf coffee on a coaster near my mouse pad. A hands free phone is sitting in a charger and a coffee cup stuffed with pens is at my left.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in South Medford Massachusetts. The influence on my writing is evident in my novel WHO WILL WEEP FOR ME. It's about my high school years at Medford High. I was a member of AZA and most of my friends were either Italian from my neighborhood or Jewish from AZA. One of my high school friends ended up as a criminal and who ultimately killed the incarcerated Boston Strangler at Walpole maximum security prison. My novel writes a better possible outcome for him and shows the importance of these pivotal teen years in providing direction into adulthood.
What's the story behind your latest book?
When my Army Mash unit was deployed during Desert Storm we were told Iraq had acquired toxic chemical agents from Iran and Russia-a gas mask was a must. For the next Iraqi war and the Afghanistan war we were told the same thing and prepared accordingly. Yet the public was never informed and then Syria unleashes deadly chemicals on its own citizens. Who's next? The answer is the United States. THE HELIOS RAIN is a warning that the world must do something about enforcing the global ban on chemical warfare. As of this writing we have done nothing.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Since 2003 I have received many rejection letters from standard agents/publisher houses. After several writing conferences I realized that even with agent contacts publishers are reluctant to take on unknown authors. At my last writier's conference in New York City we were told that if an indie book had 10,000 downloads an agent and it's affiliated publisher would take notice. So far THE HELIOS RAIN has had 1050 downloads; WHO WILL WEEP FOR ME is now over 500 and MY NAME IS KEVIN at 144.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has now published 3 of my 10 novels. I hope to reach more readers who turn to books for not only entertainment but to be moved by the story behind the story.
What do your fans mean to you?
A fan is a person who sees something they like in themselves in others. It makes them feel good and it makes me feel good. When someone praises one of my novels its usually because they identified with something they experienced or would like to experience in a positive way. Fiction is a modality where any reader can change the way they feel and pick up the book again to repeat the sensation. When a fan likes me they like themselves.
Published 2014-04-21.
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Books by This Author

Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 132,250. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Jacob Cotter survives the Civil War to finish Yale Medical School and confront two more battlefronts–one in Connecticut as a medical student and one in Texas as a surgeon. In 1868 Cotter is financially solvent for Yale from banking two-year’s of bounty hunter money...
The Helios Rain
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 99,430. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
U.S. Air force Major Mathew Collins is still a military target in his San Antonio plastic surgery practice. Collins is sole survivor of his special operations unit in Afghanistan after attack by Iranians with a toxic Trichothecene called the Helios Rain.
My Name is Kevin
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 96,790. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Non- alcoholic Kevin is caught up in a Middle East attack on the US banking industry when his crimes result in the death of a member of an alcoholic recovery group. It’s up to an alcoholic detective to prevent another US economic crash.
Who Will Weep For Me
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 96,540. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
A medical student, a law student, a dental student and a mob-connected friend have increased their bond from high school days when one of their group is murdered by the Boston Strangler. The four grief-stricken enraged men pool their resources to seek out and destroy the murderer amidst fruitless efforts by Boston Police and FBI resources in the tumultuous 1960’s.