Pete Aldin


PETE ALDIN is an Australian-based writer.

His professional life has included empowering people with disabilities, helping professionals shape their career and work-life balance, working with migrants and with youth, as well as designing courses and courseware for training companies.
He follows Chelsea FC in the English Premier League. He watches the entirety of Breaking Bad pretty much on a loop, plays FIFA games on xBox, and reads way too much when he should be writing. He owns a sonic screwdriver.

His short fiction has found a home at publications including Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, Niteblade and Poise & Pen’s ABC Anthologies. He has written for several parenting magazines including Kindred and Natural Parenting.

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Smashwords Interview

Where do your main characters come from?
My subconscious. Sometimes my conscious. My main characters are invariably "outsiders". I'm fascinated by the lives of people whose social groups exclude them for some cultural transgression ... and by those who forcibly reject their own culture often at great cost. Sometimes reasons for exclusion and rejection are noble and sometimes they are not. My main characters are flawed and very very human.
So. Black Marks. What possessed you to write a werewolf novel?
When I was a kid, I loved werewolf comics and the short-lived 80s TV series (which I think was imaginatively titled Werewolf). I haven't found many wolf novels I've been able to finish, let alone enjoy, because I think they miss the heart of the mythology. Werewolf fiction (just like the Incredible Hulk and Jeckle & Hyde) is for me largely about personal struggle. It's the human overcoming the animal nature, it's the wrestle with mental illness, with personal demons, with what is morality and what kind of morality the person will accept or aspire to.

And it's about danger. Lots and lots of danger.

So I wanted that, but also a different spin on that. I wanted to explore some of the pressures on someone carrying this curse in 21st Century urban civilization. I wanted to explore interesting ideas like his use of heroin to suppress the monster, and the allergy Jake has. And how medicine would react that, how the middle class would react to him as a drifter with a supposed mental illness (ie., street person). Hence Gwen's character and the interface between the haves and have-nots.
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Black Marks
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 95,610. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Jake Brennan thought Detroit could hide him. He thought a werewolf's sins could be erased. Now Jake's kind deeds have drawn the attention of his enemies. And he'll need to embrace his dark side to save the woman he loves. If his dark side doesn't kill her first...

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