HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Larry Peterson


Larry Peterson

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
It's a toss-up between Father Sullivan and Beatrice Amon. Father Sullivan is street-wise and tough yet he has this childlike faith and sees God's prescence even amidst chaos. It is a beautiful thing. As far as Beatrice goes, well, she proves that often times people are not the ogres we might think they are. I'll leave it at that.

2. Tell me about your travels.

3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
COFFEE---it gets the old engine running; milk #2

4. What else can you do besides write?
A lot of folks have called me "Mr. Fix-it". I can do most any kind of home repair or remodeling work. I can fix cars too, if I have to. However, I have not done much of that over the last few years. Blew my back out about 15 years ago and nowadays it does not take much to set me back to square one where I can hardly move. So, I have to be careful. I can also play the harmonica and if I need to clear a room quickly all I have to do is start playing. I also have worked with the St. Vincent De Paul Society for about 20 years and have spent lots of time working with those in need. That is EXTREMELY rewarding.

5. Who are you reading right now?
I'm reading a YA book by Cynthia DeFelice titled, "Under the Same Sky". It's about a 14 year old boy who wants a dirt-bike. His dad, a farmer who employs migrant workers, decides that he should earn the money. He challenges his son and the boy goes to work with the field hands. It is about learning to face your prejudices and be with people who are different. Nice story. Teaches a fine lesson.

6. Pop culture or academia?

7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
The scene in "The Priest & The Peaches" where Beatrice Amon spontaneously interacts with Father Sullivan. The scene just began to happen and, I swear, it even got to me as I wrote it. I could not believe that I had tears in my eyes. Anyway, I'll leave it at that. Don't want to give the story away.

8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
9. Food you could eat everyday.
10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
11. What kind of music speaks to you?

12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
I think they call someone like me a "pantser" because I do go along for the ride. I do have a potential ending in sight when I start. But it is always like some of those remodeling jobs I have done. There are always changes made as you go along and you never know when you will need to make them. Then BOOM!--you open up a wall and there are plumbing pipes staring at you. They're important but they are in the way. What to do??? So you adapt. Anyway, my outline comes after I'm finished. So does a synopsis. According to all the "poobahs" out there I'm doing it all wrong. Well, my goal is to get to the finish line. For me, getting there is all that counts, even if I fall down ten times, bust myself up and wind up bloodied.

13. Celebrity crush.
14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?

15. Do you still watch cartoons?
(Bonus question, lol). Funny you should ask. I just watched "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" with my 4 year old grandson two days ago. It was GREAT----

Larry Peterson was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. A former Metal Lather/Reinforcing Iron-worker, he left that business after coming down with MS. He, his wife and three kids moved to Florida 30 years ago. Larry began doing freelance newspaper commentary after graduating from Tampa College in 1984.

His first children's picture book, Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes was published in 2011. In 2012, his full length novel, The Priest and the Peaches was released and he is presently working on the sequel.

He also has a blog (http://www.ThePriestandthePeaches.com) where he posts weekly commentary. He lives in Pinellas Park, Florida and his kids and six grandchildren all live within three miles of each other.

Find Larry at these links online:

WEBSITE - http://www.ThePriestandthePeaches.com

- http://www.facebook.com/larrytpbx

- http://www.twitter.com/slipperywillie

Find Tribute Books online at these links:

WEBSITE - http://www.tribute-books.com

- http://www.facebook.com/pages/Archbald-PA/Tribute-Books/171628704176

- http://www.twitter.com/TributeBooks

SYNOPSIS for The Priest and the Peaches
Historical fiction novel set in the Bronx in the mid-1960s

Take a seven day journey with the five, newly orphaned Peach kids, as they begin their struggle to remain a family while planning their dad's funeral.

They find an ally in the local parish priest, Father Tim Sullivan, who tries his best to guide them through the strange, unchartered and turbulent waters of "grown-up world." A story that is sad, funny, and inspiring as it shows how the power of family love and faith can overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

Buy The Priest and the Peaches online at these links:

PDF - http://www.payloadz.com/go/sip?id=1538819

- http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006P0EYI8

- http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/116166?ref=tributebooks


  1. Thanks for picking six, Larry! Love that cover for THE PRIEST AND THE PEACHES!

    Congratulations on the release.

    :) Heidi

  2. Heidi, thanks a million for hosting Larry today and for helping us celebrate the launch of THE PRIEST AND THE PEACHES. We appreciate your support in helping us spread the word.

    Larry, I don't think I could pick a favorite character - it would be too hard! I liked Joanie, Joey, Scratch, Teddy, and on and on :)

  3. Hi Heidi, just want to say thanks for
    taking the time to do this interview. I really appreciate it and thanks for the congrats. Best wishes to you
    Larry Peterson

  4. I was called a 'pantser', but I think that had more to do with how many times I was 'pantsed' as a kid. : (

    Love the title, The Priest and The Peaches, btw.


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