Jerry Peterson, the writer and his books


If you can't find it elsewhere . . .


You  may well find it here . . . a selection of my short stories for your reading pleasure, my blog, and my e-newsletter titled "Memo from the Sheriff's Office." There's a story there. Click on that sub-page and you'll find it. 

Mark Twain on writing

– I haven’t any right to criticize books, and I don’t do it except when I hate them. I often want to criticize Jane Austen, but her books madden me so that I can’t conceal my frenzy from the reader; and therefore I have to stop every time I begin. Every time I read Pride and Prejudice, I want to dig her up and beat her over the skull with her own shin-bone.

– A successful book is not made of what is in it, but what is left out of it.

– One should never use exclamation points in writing. It is like laughing at your own joke.

– The test of any good fiction is that you should care something for the characters; the good to succeed, the bad to fail. The trouble with most fiction is that you want them all to land in hell together, as quickly as possible.”

– Write without pay until someone offers pay. If nobody offers within three years, the candidate may look upon this as a sign that sawing wood is what he was intended for.”