Michael Peterson


I work at the United States Postal Service as a Mail Carrier. My career allows me the opportunity to experience the reality of America on a daily basis. I get to see real life up close and personal as well as speak with thousands of people from all walks of life, giving me countless amounts of inspiration every day.

I want my novels and stories to help readers escape from their daily lives and become enthralled in the lives of the characters I create.

When you can relate to a character in a book, you can feel like you are living that life. But, it is also great to fantasize about somebody you are not but want to be, as it can take you to places you have always wanted to go but have never been able to reach before.

Smashwords Interview

How old are you?
I am 30 years old
What is your writing process?
Sometimes I will create an outline for a book as many authors do, especially if it is a full-length novel or something of the sort. Most of the time for the Tales of Life stories I have a file with tons of ideas for stories in there and I pick one and start writing it. I write things that I want to happen and while I have a vision for each story, it often doesn't show itself at first.

Most of the time I just start writing and creating the world on the fly as I write. Many changes happen, sometimes entire pages get deleted that don't fit later on if I change my mind on where I want the story to go.
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Where to find Michael Peterson online


Tales of Life
Short stories for a long journey. Tales of Life is a series of short stories with no direct connection to each other. The stories they tell will captivate you and pull you into their world, leaving you longing for more after every page. These are stories of love, stories of loss, stories of pain, and stories of violence, but most importantly these are stories of society. We all long for connection and meaning in this lost world of ours, and each story in the Tales of Life series will help you understand it just a little bit more. No matter what kind of story you're looking for, you will find it here in the Tales of Life series of short stories. A short story to help you on your long journey of life.


Tales of Life: Manifest Destiny
Series: Tales of Life, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 8,630. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
The year is 2093, and the world has been ravished by famine, disease, and war, and much of what the world once was has been eradicated. Time Travel technology has become the fore-front of everybody's life. The groups responsible for its creation want it protected and safe-guarded, while those who so desperately seek it cannot live with the choices they have made in their life.
Poetry For A Good Day
You set the price! Words: 2,340. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2019. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General, Poetry » Themes & motifs » Love
A book of poetry for a good day, or for when you want to have a good day. A collection of love poems, happy poems, and poems designed to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Modern Poetry, or what passes for "modern" in the author's opinion.
Special Detectives Bureau - Episode 1: The Fracture
You set the price! Words: 21,880. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Wyatt Addair has just joined the Special Detectives Bureau, a top secret Detective agency of the US Federal Government. Wyatt soon learns that this new experimental agency is tasked with solving the most heinous crimes throughout history like never before. SDB is an emotionally dark and gritty Time Traveling Detective series destined to put a new face on an old past.
Poetry For A Bad Day
You set the price! Words: 3,320. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2019. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » General, Poetry » American poetry » General
Sometimes we have good days, but sometimes we have bad days. When this happens, some people look for happy thoughts. Other people want to see sad things to feel better, to know they're not alone and that other people are feeling what they're feeling. This book of poetry is for you, for the person who longs for dark, emotional stimuli when they've had a really terrible day.
Tales of Life: Write To Wrong
Series: Tales of Life, Book 7. Price: Free! Words: 8,280. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
Foul-mouthed and immature, struggling writer Scott Bloch is having a hard time finishing his latest novel. Dealing with the day-to-day struggles of being a writer is hard enough, but Scott gets to enjoy having a Narrator spell out his daily life to him. What starts as just another day in the life of a childish and smarmy man quickly turns into a dark and emotional journey for two as night falls.
Tales of Life: Humanity Falls
Series: Tales of Life, Book 6. You set the price! Words: 10,660. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Would you die for love? Dr. Rachel Lier, Vice Commander of the Medical Unit for the Inios Space Command aboard the Vorheez Space Station is in charge of overseeing and executing the medical experimentation's conducted here. When she sets her eyes on the two lost souls Karly and Liam, a fiendish game begins to play out that threatens not only their lives, but also their humanity.
Tales of Life: Surviving After
Series: Tales of Life, Book 5. You set the price! Words: 13,650. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
The world is darker and more cruel than it ever has been, even with 95% of the world's population eradicated. Hope has been lost among those left to dwell in the depths of hell that life on earth has become, but a small group of people in New York City continue to survive. This is a tale of strength and resolve, of never giving up in the face of fear and unwavering anguish.
Tales of Life: The Dictator
Series: Tales of Life, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 8,250. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Political, Fiction » Alternative history
Jeff Scaleez works for KBBY, the largest news network in the world. He has been invited by Supreme Commander Roger Black for an interview live on the air in front of millions across the world. A brutal dictator known for the manipulation of his people and controlled chaos is meeting the calm and professional Jeff Scaleez for an interview that will shock the world.
Tales of Life: Fragmented Memories
Series: Tales of Life, Book 4. You set the price! Words: 8,060. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
Kyle Rivers is a billionaire entrepreneur who is now the richest man in the world. His life begins to take on new meaning as his memories begin to fracture and in its place are memories of other people's lives. He begins experiencing haunting dreams that he cannot explain, and a being haunts him in his sleep. Is something trying to communicate with Kyle, or is his mind now warped by time?
Tales of Life: Psychiatric Lover
Series: Tales of Life, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 11,940. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological, Fiction » Inspirational
Dr. Martin is a veteran psychiatrist who cares about his patients and wants what is best for them. Join him in a week of his life as he talks to his various patients as they pour out their hearts and souls and tell about their problems that seemingly only he can help them out with. Will he be the one to save his patients, or are they going to end up saving him instead?
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 75,810. Language: English. Published: May 3, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
ALIVE is a mature, thrilling, and emotionally dark sci-fi novel telling a riveting tale of humanity's downfall after the invention of Artificial Intelligence and the androids that soon came to replace the humans in their daily lives. An epic journey from the crumbling sands of the Mojave Desert to the concrete jungle of New York City and beyond. This is Kane's story.
700 Feet Down
Price: Free! Words: 4,140. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Crime
Corruption in the world runs deep, and it affects the lives of billions of people. Blue has had enough, and today he has chosen to take a stand against the evil and depravity of the world. The choices he makes will forever shape the rest of his life, bringing with it unstoppable consequences. Is it worth it to do what you think is "the right thing?"

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