Andrew J. Peters is the author of the Werecat series and two books for young adults: The Seventh Pleiade and Banished Sons of Poseidon. He grew up in Buffalo, New York, studied psychology at Cornell University, and has spent most of his career as a social worker and an advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth. A lifelong writer, Andrew has been a contributing writer at The Good Men Project, YA Highway, Reading Teen, Dear Teen Me, La Bloga, and Layers of Thought among other media. Andrew lives in New York City with his partner Genaro and their cat Chloë.
How did you get into writing?
Reading really piqued my interest in writing while I was growing up. As a kid, I wrote stories that were directly inspired by whatever I was reading at the time whether it was mysteries, plays, contemporary fiction, or fantasy. I took creative writing classes in high school and college. After that, I attended workshops, conferences, and retreats, and I participated in critique groups and online writers’ forums.
Would I like what you write?
That’s hard to say. Why don’t you buy one of my books and give it a try?
My biggest inspiration is ancient world history and mythology so if that interests you, you might enjoy my books. Another consideration is that I tend to write about gay people. Generally, you could say my work combines ancient world fantasy and gay fiction. I write contemporary stories and non-gay stories every now and then too.
How did you get published?
I started by sending some of my short fiction to journals and happily had some success with that. When I finished my first novel manuscript (The Seventh Pleiade), I sent it out to agents and publishers. That book found a home with an LGBT press. Getting my work published is an on-going job. Every new book is a new “pitch” even when it’s part of a series since publishers are very selective.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
I work at a school of social work as an administrator and an adjunct professor. In my leisure time, I like traveling, theater, movies, going out to restaurants, cooking, and of course reading.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have a long list of authors I love, beginning with Gregory Maguire and including Jeffrey Eugenides, John Irving, Hanif Kureishi, Tom Robbins, and Shyam Selvadurai to name a few. I read a lot of fantasy and historical books, and I have to admit I’m a bit fussy about books in the genre in which I write. Some of my favorite authors in that realm are Neil Gaiman, Umberto Eco, Mary Renault, and Anne Rice.
Do you ever speak to groups about your books?
Yes I do! I love talking to students and book clubs and doing events at bookstores and libraries. Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like me to come out to your group. I’ll do my best to try to arrange some freebies from my publishers.