Andrew J. Peters

Biography

Andrew J. Peters is an award-winning author, an educator and an activist. His novel The City of Seven Gods won the 2017 Silver Falchion award for Best Horror/Fantasy and was a finalist for 2016 Sci Fi/Fantasy Book of the Year at the Foreword INDIES. HIs Werecat series was a 2016 Readers’ Choice finalist at The Romance Reviews. He has written two books for young adults (The Seventh Pleaide and Banished Sons of Poseidon), and he is the author of the adult novel Poseidon and Cleito.

Andrew grew up in Buffalo, New York, studied psychology at Cornell University, and has spent most of his career as a social worker and an advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth. He has been a contributing writer at Queer Sci Fi, The Good Men Project, Gay YA, YA Highway, and La Bloga, among other media.

While writing, Andrew works as an administrator and an adjunct faculty at Adelphi University. He lives in New York City with his husband Genaro and their cat Chloë.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Amherst, New York, which is a quiet little suburban town adjacent to the city of Buffalo. The public schools were great and encouraged my creativity.

I think it was in fifth or sixth grade when we had an assignment to create our own children's book, from writing an original storyline, to doing the illustrations, to designing a cover and doing the binding. I was a shy, introverted kid. Retreating into my imagination was right up my alley. I wrote mystery novels and stage plays (and even a quite embarrassing musical that was a rip-off of "Annie"). One of my fondest memories was having my elementary school principal invite me to read installments of one of my stories over the PA system during lunch period. I felt really supported in writing throughout my childhood.

But another influence of growing up in that tidy suburban enclave is that I recognized myself as an outsider pretty early on. I knew I was gay, and that was something I just couldn't be in Amherst in the 1980s, unless I was willing to be shunned by friends and trouble my parents with serious worries. I didn't have that confidence, and that led to more escapism through writing. Later, when I came out in college and moved to the New York City area, I was drawn to writing the kind of stories that I would have liked to have read as a kid.
What do you write?
I primarily write gay fiction in the genres of epic fantasy and paranormal fantasy. My latest title is THE CITY OF SEVEN GODS, which tells the story of a young priest and a barbarian mercenary, set in a "near" ancient world inspired by Egyptian and Mesopotamian cultures.

I'm also the author of the popular WERECAT series (a 2016 Readers' Choice finalist), which, as the title implies, is a feline shifter adventure about a twenty-two year old college drop out who falls headfirst into the violent, hidden world of hybrid creatures. It's a bit like Laurell Hamilton's VAMPIRE HUNTER series or Charlaine Harris's SOOKIE SACKHOUSE series, but gayer and with feline shifters front and center.

I do branch out from time to time with short stories and contemporary fiction, which I've published here on Smashwords.

I also write contemporary short fiction every now and then.
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Books

Theseus and the Minotaur
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,950. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Based on one of the most popular stories from classical mythology, "Theseus and the Minotaur" is a short story retelling by award-winning fantasy author Andrew J. Peters (The City of Seven Gods, Poseidon and Cleito). Eighteen-year-old Theseus arrives in Crete to face its monster and end a war. But there are deadly traps and conspiracies that could change his mission entirely, if he can survive.
Mike's Pond
Price: Free! Words: 3,780. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Gay & Lesbian
On a dare from his older brother, a boy goes out after dark to an abandoned, wooded lot steeped in horror-style urban legends. "Mike's Pond" is a very short fictionalized memoir about coming of age in Amherst, New York in the 1980s.

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