Dusk Peterson

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Honored in the Rainbow Awards, Dusk Peterson writes historical speculative fiction with diverse characters: historical fantasy, alternate history, and retrofuture science fiction. Friendship, romantic friendship, and romance often occur in the stories. Visit duskpeterson.com for e-books and free fiction.

A resident of Maryland, Mx. Peterson lives with an apprentice and several thousand books.

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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…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)
Dusk Peterson I've had occasional requests for me to release my stories in print, for about a decade now. My one attempt to do the job myself (with the help of my…moreI've had occasional requests for me to release my stories in print, for about a decade now. My one attempt to do the job myself (with the help of my father, who's a book designer) convinced me that the task would take too big a chunk of time away from my issuing new stories.

I also approached a couple of small presses to see whether they were interested in reissuing my works in paperback. Since I run my own press, I was approaching these presses concerning reprint rights. However, the presses would only consider reissuing my writings on condition that the novels - some of which had been released over a decade ago - be treated as though they were new submissions. I'm willing to consider editorial changes to stories before publication, but I wasn't keen on making major editorial changes after publication.

The only other option I'm left with is to hire someone to take care of the print-on-demand process for me. If I can ever afford to do so, and if I can find a suitable book designer, I'll jump at the chance.

I'm sorry I can't offer more encouraging news at this stage. I do very much appreciate your interest.(less)
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FIC: The Abolitionist (Waterman) 6/12, Blood Vow (The Three Lands) 12/23, and an honor for "Danger"



Chapter 6/12 of The Abolitionist (Waterman: Master and Servant #1).

When a foul-mouthed, seditious foreigner turns up at your door, what are the benefits of letting him in?

So wonders Carr, a young man living in a bayside nation that is troubled by internal battles. In his world, servants fight against masters, tonging watermen fight against dredging watermen, and landsteads eye one another's oyster grounds w...

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Rosemary Sutcliff
“It may be that the night will close over us in the end, but I believe that morning will come again. Morning always grows out of the darkness, though maybe not for the people who saw the sun go down. We are the Lantern Bearers, my friend; for us to keep something burning, to carry what light we can forward into the darkness and the wind.”
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Mary  Stewart
“To remember love after long sleep; to turn again to poetry after a year in the market place, or to youth after resignation to drowsy and stiffening age; to remember what once you thought life could hold, after telling over with muddied and calculating fingers what it has offered; this is music, made after long silence. The soul flexes its wings, and, clumsy as any fledgling, tries the air again”
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Mary Renault
“All tragedies deal with fated meetings; how else could there be a play? Fate deals its stroke; sorrow is
purged, or turned to rejoicing; there is death, or triumph; there has been a meeting, and a change. No one
will ever make a tragedy-and that is as well, for one could not bear it-whose grief is that the principals
never met.”
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“Who knows a man's name, holds that man's life in his keeping. Thus to Ged, who had lost faith in himself, Vetch had given him that gift that only a friend can give, the proof of unshaken, unshakeable trust.”
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His warm, deep voice ended, and there was only the roar of the engine. Will looked out over the grey-misted fields, silent.
"There was a great long speech, now," John Rowlands said awkwardly. "But I was only saying, be careful not to forget that there are people in this valley who can be hurt, even in the pursuit of good ends.”
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