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Dusk Peterson

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Honored in the Rainbow Awards, Dusk Peterson writes historical speculative fiction (alternate history and historical fantasy), including lgbtq novels and other diverse fiction. Suspense plays an important role in many of the tales; the conflict in those tales is both external and internal. Peterson's stories are often placed in dark settings, such as prisons or wartime locations. The mood of the stories, however, is not one of unrelieved gloominess: romance, friendship, and faithful service are recurring themes. Visit duskpeterson.com for e-books and free fiction.

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Dusk Peterson Thank you so much for the generous wording of your question.

Most of the story ideas I've had over the years have simply leapt into my head. Sometimes…more
Thank you so much for the generous wording of your question.

Most of the story ideas I've had over the years have simply leapt into my head. Sometimes they came from dreams, sometimes they arose in response to another story I'd read, sometimes they were sparked by something I witnessed, and sometimes a bit of history tantalized me. I've also written stories in response to challenges, such as the 50 Darkfics challenge, where I've been writing stories prompted by single words related to dark settings.

Writing about vulnerable characters seems to be something inborn in me; I used to play out such stories when I was little, along with the other neighborhood kids. But I've certainly had experiences of being vulnerable in my own life that I was able to draw upon to help shape my stories. I imagine most of us have. When I realized I was going to be writing a lot of stories about turn-of-the-century people in vulnerable situations, I began seeking out accounts and memoirs of such people; what I read in those books helped to give me new ideas for scenes in my stories.

Transformation of character: I think that partly comes from the sorts of stories I like reading and partly from nonfiction reading I've done over the years (philosophy, theology, ethics, social policy, self-help - that sort of thing). And I suppose there might be something inborn there too, but it's hard for me to tell, because this goes back so far in my life. From an early age, I was having to struggle with issues of self-transformation, so it's a topic that's long been on my mind. From a writer's point of view, inner struggles make for terrific drama. And since I write a lot of friendship fiction and romance and other tales of close relationships, there's usually at least one other person involved in the transformation. But in the end, it's up to the transforming person to make the decision to transform.(less)
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