Andrew J. Peters

Biography

Andrew J. Peters is an author, an educator, and an activist. His Werecat series was a finalist in The Romance Reviews' Readers' Choice Awards. His début young adult novel The Seventh Pleiade garnered a 2014 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention. His other books include Banished Sons of Poseidon, Poseidon and Cleito, and The City of Seven Gods. He was recently included in Loop Magazine's "Four Must-Read Authors with Buffalo Ties."

Andrew grew up in Amherst, 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.

Most of Andrew’s work takes inspiration from mythological themes, but as a young writer, he adored Agatha Christie. At Smallwood Elementary School, he was briefly a literary celebrity when his school principal invited him to read from his novel Murder at Moosewood Mansion over the P.A. system at lunch.

In the 90s, Andrew founded a ‘Coffeehouse’ in suburban Long Island to provide a safe place for LGBT teens to make friends, express themselves through the creative arts, and get help if they needed it. While he writes about fantasy worlds, his work tends to feature LGBT characters, and he is proud to write gay fiction for readers of all ages.

Andrew lives in New York City with his husband Genaro and their cat Chloë. Outside of writing, he is an administrator and an adjunct professor at Adelphi University School of Social Work.

Smashwords Interview

What do you write?
I'm primarily a fantasy author who works with myths and legends and retells the story from a queer perspective.

Currently, my two main projects are a series of books about the legend of Atlantis and another series about feline shifters that is coming out in e-novelettes.

"The Seventh Pleiade" is the first book in the Atlantis series. The latter series "Werecat" tells the story of a twenty-two year old college drop-out Jacks Dowd. Jacks goes on spring break to Montréal, hooks up with a handsome drifter and takes a free fall into the world of feline shifters. There are three installments so far: "The Rearing," "The Glaring," and a third untitled which is coming out in late 2014.

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

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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