After self-publishing four novels in a relatively short period of time––The Expendable Man in February 2011, Making the Grade in April 2012, Last Stop on Desolation Ridge in February 2013, and In the Game in November 2013, I went back to a coming-of-age fantasy I’d started ten years earlier. That book is projected to run […]
Answer: After I retired, I started writing novels because I’m passionate about sharing my stories with people who love to read.
I first envisioned becoming a writer as a teenager, but did nothing to act on that desire, other than take a creative writing elective as an undergraduate. At times, I would get an idea for a story or a novel and spend a few hours putting words on paper and later storing paragraphs on my computer. When I stopped working fulltime, I committed myself to finish the story that now exists as The Expendable Man. It took me eight months to complete a first draft and another six months to whip it into its current shape (with the help of several volunteer editors).
Readers told me they liked the story and so I’ve kept on writing. I pour my heart into each story in hopes my readers will not just like, but love each story. Here’s what I’ve accomplished thus far:
Following The Expendable Man, I produced Making the Grade, a murder mystery featuring a female detective. A suspense that takes place in the Adirondacks in upstate New York, Last Stop on Desolation Ridge, appeared next, followed by In the Grade, my second Albany police procedural.
I tried something a little different with House Divided. I had to tell this story because I feel strongly about what’s going on at some of our colleges and universities. If you care about young people, about the threat of terrorism, and about combating anti-Semitism, I know you’ll like House Divided.
My latest novel, Inauguration Day, came out November 1, 2017. It is a political thriller featuring a Secret Service agent who is asked to undertake an off-the-books investigation.
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Peter G. Pollak, August, 2018
Interviews with Peter G. Pollak
#1: Interview by Morgen Bailey, June 28, 2011/updated 5/10/2012.
#2: Interview by Mike Angley, July 1, 2011.
#3: Interview by Mark Tierno, March 4, 2012.
#4: Interview by Carolyn Arnold, March 25, 2012
#5: Pollak turns retirement into career in novel-writing, (Schenectady) Daily Gazette, April 21, 2013
#6: A combination interview/blog post appeared September 21, 2015 on Books Direct @ http://booksdirectonline.blogspot.com/2015/09/house-divided-by-peter-g-pollak.html
Guest Blog Posts
- S.K. Thomas’s Blog: Writers Should Be Heard, Not Seen (December 10, 2015)
Thank you for Joymarie for this review. If you haven’t read The Expendable Man, she explains why it’s a must read: “Peter Pollak has created a truly remarkable plot in that it is not only in the realm of possibility, but it is something that could happen to any one of us reading the book. […]
Terri Lynn Merritts gave The Expendable Man 5 stars on Goodreads. Here’s her review: “The author of this excellent thriller is also my Goodreads friend Peter Pollak and he gave me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Those who know me here know that is the only kind of review […]
Peter G. Pollak always realized he had an affinity for writing fiction. What he didn’t have was the time. A 1961 Gloversville High grad who grew up both in the Glove Cities area and Northville, Pollak has produced three novels since his retirement in 2007. His latest book is “Last Stop on Desolation Ridge,” published […]