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Friday, April 14, 2023

Author Manswell T. Peterson: Creating a World All His Own

by Cyrus Webb

For years author Manswell T. Peterson has been building a literary empire, creating a world and lane all his own and welcoming readers around the world to join him. Writing for all ages and interests, he is living proof that if you build the world you want to live in others will be willing to come along.

In 2022 he expand on his skills, setting the bar higher for those in his sphere. We had a chance to talk about 2022 and his literary journey.      

Manswell, congratulations on another great year. What has it been like for you to reflect on all you were able to do in 2022?

Wow. Doing 15 books was an amazing experience. Gaining new readers in different states and overseas has been exciting. 

Have you always known that storytelling was what you were meant to do?

Yes. It started in the 5th grade and the love of it never went away. I was always encouraged by my teachers to continue writing and one day the world would see it.

In 2022 and earlier this year we saw you release books for adults as well as young readers. Have you always had a love for both audiences?

Yes, the love of readers and helping them escape reality, even its for just a small time is a joy. The emails and phone calls with them enhance that purpose. I even take the time to talk to my readers on the phone. This adds to their experience and brings us closer together. 

Part of your gift has been bringing your audiences into your storylines. Where do you normally find your inspiration for your novels? 

It's a mixture of people watching, reading, and watching TV shows/movies. That's the craziest thing about being a writer: you can always find a different way to spice up a scene or bring more drama to any project. 

Social media has definitely changed the way readers and authors connect. How have you been able to use it for yourself?

We actually do FaceTime calls with book clubs, but I also use it to have one-on-ones with readers individually. To hear how a story has impacted their lives is an amazing thing. 

The other thing I’ve noticed about you, Manswell, is your ability to address different type of situations in your novels. That means you have definitely found a comfort level in your storytelling. Have you always had that level of confidence in telling the stories you want to tell?

I actually use to be afraid of doing this early on in my writing career. Now I find that readers love that I mix in some real life situations that they see in their everyday lives. I do my best to handle that with a sensitive touch and never push too hard. 

For those that are just discovering your work what book would you suggest they start with?

Man oh man...I always tell readers if they want to know me as an author/person to read 'Tracks of My Tears' first. Then it really depends on what genre they like/love. Right now my Paranormal/Magical/Romance series The Locrottum Universe is giving readers a different twist on what they were used to.

All are available on Amazon and free for Kindle Unlimited users. 

You have done what so many authors have dreamed of doing: built a loyal audience. What advice would you give to aspiring authors based on your experience?

Be patient. Rome wasn't built in a day and neither will your fan base. Keep putting out good books and the people will talk. Ignore the noise, because there will always be someone telling you to stop writing. 

Can you give us an idea of what to expect from you in 2023?

There will be over 20 books: more drama and more romantic twists to keep readers guessing. 

Also, fingers crossed on a couple of projects for major streaming services. I can't wait to see how these negotiations go, but will definitely be excited to share it

Thanks for your time, Manswell. How can our readers stay connected with you?

They can find me on Facebook, Instagram,  and TikTok. 

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