October 13, 2015

Stepping through the looking glass with Tracee Lydia Garner

October 23 will be a big day for me. I’ll be “stepping through the looking glass” with author Tracee Lydia Garner at Northern Virginia Community College at an event sponsored by the campus Partners’ Club, a group dedicated to promoting disability awareness. Tracee and I will be discussing writing and publishing, but our primary focus will be on portraying characters with disabilities. As those who have read House Divided know, my protagonist, Leonard Robbins, is wheel-chair bound as a result of an injury he suffered while in South America working for the CIA. If you can’t make that event, perhaps you know someone who might be interested. If so, please tell them to visit the Events Page on this website […]
August 28, 2015

Reviews, Interviews and views (updated)

Thank you to blogger Cy Weiss for the 4-star review of House Divided. Weiss wrote, “The philosophical discussions of the Palestine/Israel conflict alone are worth the read, and as someone not highly versed in the conflict, I appreciated Pollak’s balanced and nuanced views. Overall four stars, a book I recommend reading for its strengths.” And thank you to Dee of Mum’s Writings Mystery and More who posted an interview with me on her website @ http://bookread-mumswritings.blogspot.com/2015/08/interview-with-peter-g-pollak.html. And thank you to Audrey Austin of Small Town Authors for featuring me on her website for September. Here’s the link: http://www.smalltownauthors.blogspot.com/. My small town is the village of Speculator in Hamilton County New York which is where I spend my summers. And “thank […]
April 3, 2015

House Divided: Fact or Fiction?

While the story I tell in House Divided is fiction, the premise is grounded in fact. In the novel, I posit the next wave of terrorist attacks takes advantage of the naivete of young Americans who have fallen prey to an anti-American, anti-Israel ideology that is prevalent in many schools and colleges. Real world examples of that very situation crop up regularly. One occurred just this week when two American women were charged with plotting to bomb an undisclosed location. The two women, who describe themselves as members of ISIS, had “repeated contacts with members of al-Qaeda” according to the Washington Post. Another aspect of my novel, the infiltration of the U.S. by terrorists from the Middle East, is also […]
December 24, 2013

How Not To Make New Year’s Resolutions & My Writing Goals for 2014

If you missed my past blog posts on this theme, I hope you’ll give this one a read. The problem with most resolutions is that they’re typically open-ended. “I resolve to lose weight in 2014.” That kind of resolution is doomed to fail because it lacks a target and a time period. Better is: “I resolve to lose two pounds a month until I’ve lost twenty pounds by eating salads instead of sandwiches for lunch and by engaging in aerobic exercise for at least one hour at a time three days a week.” One of the benefits of time and target-specific goals is that you can make adjustments during the year. In the case of losing weight if you come […]
March 29, 2013

Amazon’s Purchase of Goodreads: Not Good for Authors or Readers

Goodreads–the social networking site that allows authors and readers to rank, discuss and share books–has agreed to be purchased by Amazon, the world’s largest book seller. What prompted the sale is likely the fact that Goodreads was exploring opening a bookstore. Amazon already owns Shelfari one of Goodreads’ competitors, which means there is no longer an independent social networking website focused on books that is large enough to matter. As long as Goodreads was independent, readers could trust the sales channel. Now despite the protests of Goodreads’ CEO Otis Chandler, the trust element is gone. Integration with Kindle will surely influence reader purchases in favor of Amazon’s sales channel as opposed to Barnes & Noble or ITunes. With somewhere between […]
December 8, 2012

It Made the Grade…

…for one reviewer at least. Making the Grade, my police procedural starring a female protagonist, earned a very positive review recently by an Australian book reviewer. Here’s what he wrote: “Ever wondered what it is like to be a rooky police detective? What if you were the first woman detective on staff? What if your first case was a no breaks murder by a bona fide psychopath? Shannon Lynch is on her first day of duty as a detective and she immediately feels that her new workmates don’t really trust her and wont until she proves herself. She knows this is a serious job and she is determined to meet the standards. Her new boss, Lieutenant Keller, says he at […]