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Year-End Report on my Fiction.

As 2015 closes, you may be interested in where things stand with regard to my fiction. Amazon is the measure of how well each of my books is doing, although they are also for sale in half a dozen bookstores in upstate New York and on Barnes & Noble, iTune and Kozo websites. Here are […]

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Beginning Novelists: Is Self-Publishing the way to go?

If you’re a first time novelist and you think your novel is ready for public consumption, you’re probably haunting author discussion groups looking for advise on whether to self-publish or not. While any analysis can’t cover all circumstances, I hope this broad overview will help you begin to ask the right questions. There are clear […]

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House Divided Press Release: Peter Pollak’s thriller is now available

House Divided, a thriller depicting how Islamic Terrorism could bring dire consequences to America, is now available in print and ebook formats Peter G. Pollak’s fifth book tells the heart-wrenching story of a war no family should have to fight ELKRIDGE, MD – February 2, 2015 – House Divided, Peter G. Pollak’s 88,000-word thriller, is […]

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In today’s post I answer the question: “When will I be able to read your next novel?”

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 […]

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About Peter G. Pollak

DSCF0770_2Question? Why did you start writing novels?

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 writing novels as a teenager.  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.

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.

Inauguration Day is a political thriller featuring a Secret Service agent who is asked to undertake an off-the-books investigation.

My latest novel, Missing, is a departure from the previous six. It features a mixed race female protagonist––Melanie Randolph. Motivated by the murder of a childhood friend, Melanie devotes her life to helping women and children as a private detective. That job is not without danger, however, as she finds out in this novel.

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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 @

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