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Man of Faith: Andrew Peterson Talks Nathan McBride

 

 

Nathan McBride is a retired Marine Corps sniper and CIA operations officer. He’s been on covert missions, difficult missions, dangerous missions. And along the way it was his job to kill. But Nathan is a man of faith. A Christian. How much does that shape who he is and what he does? And how much of it affects the books?

A candid discussion of “A Man of Faith.”

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Harvey Fontana and His Role in the Nathan McBride Series

Some secondary characters become increasingly important throughout the life of a series.  Nathan McBride’s friend and business partner Harvey Fontana has always been a strong character and people ask me about his quite often.

I thought it was time to bring this character into the spotlight and talk about Harvey and how he fits into Nathan’s life.

 

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Talking About Heroism and What Defines It

We all have an idea of what a hero is.  There are some we can all agree on and then there are some that seem more personal to us.  Whether it’s a soldier in the military or a teacher who goes the extra mile to help a child, there are heroes all around us.

I wanted to take the opportunity to discuss what heroes are to me. I’d like to invite you to talk about a hero in your life!

 

 

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Andrew Peterson Talks: Nathan McBride’s Character Arc

 

 

With a number of books out now, Nathan McBride has a well established back story.  We’ve watched him grow and react to several different situations and we’ve grown to depend him.  This is an inside look at the overall character arc of Nathan McBride. I hope you’ll enjoy the video.

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Andrew Peterson Talks: Nathan McBride’s Relationships

Talking about the relationships of Nathan McBride; an inside and in-depth look at an interesting protagonist.  Who does Nathan allow in his inner-circle? Who’s important to him?  I hope you’ll enjoy this video that gives you some insight to Nathan.

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Why the Christmas Season is Important to Me

If you know me, you know I believe in God and my faith is important. As a young child, Christmas was mostly about getting presents. Now in adulthood, Christmas is not about getting presents, it’s about reinforcing and confirming my belief in something much bigger than myself. Funny how things change. I still love the Christmas season with its special music on the radio, our home filled with decorations, and the seasonal fragrances that perfume the air. Oh, and let’s not forget the roast beast!

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It’s easy to forget how blessed I am. I have a loving wife and family, a beautiful home, a writing career, and a wonderful pooch – a giant schnauzer named Lilli.

Christmas is that time of year when I’m fortunate to spend time with family and friends. We share memories, joy, and happiness – which are far more precious than wrapped gifts under a decorated tree. Because of my faith, Christmas is the ultimate reminder of the most priceless gift I’ve been given.

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Thank you President Ulysses S. Grant for making Christmas a national holiday in 1870!

During this Christmas season, it’s my sincere hope everyone will remain safe and well, be with the ones they love, and have a very Merry Christmas!

 

Now as we start 2017, we look back and say, “We made it another year!”

 

 

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Free Listening of Right to Kill by Andrew Peterson – Narrarated by Dick Hill

Over 25 solid minutes of narration by the legendary voice of Dick Hill. Get a taste of Nathan McBride’s world in this free sample of RIGHT TO KILL!

More at SoundCloud and Audible.com!

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Days I Don’t Want to Write – An Author’s Journey Part 2 of 2

Writing, like any other job or career, comes with days when working is the last thing I want to do. I don’t have a structured writing schedule, I work when the creative process is flowing. On days when it isn’t, I fall back on editing. I love to edit what I’ve written.

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Then there are days when I’m sick and just getting out of bed is a chore. Thankfully, I’m rarely that sick. My issues have been surgeries and I’ve had a slew of them. Even though I haven’t yet reached my sixtieth year, both of my shoulders have been replaced, my right knee is artificial, and my lumbar is fused at L3-L4-L5. I’ve had carpal tunnel surgery on both hands. I’ve endured over twenty-two surgical procedures. I’m no stranger to pain! Despite all of that, I have to be disciplined, even when I’m not in the mood. I haven’t been able to write manuscript while recovering in hospital beds. If someone’s figured that one out, please share your secret!

On a serious note, it’s not unusual for a writer to stare at a blank page on the screen for a while. Guess what? I’m no different, and it’s normal. It’s okay to draw a “creative blank.” Making matters worse, there are tons of distractions: The lure of Netflix. Facebook. Twitter. Instagram. Email and blogging. At times, the eWorld is overpowering and writing becomes a grinding task.

But, (you knew there was a “but” coming), I have man-up and force myself to pound something out. Even if I just write one scene or finish one thought, it’s a moral victory. Lately, I’ve learned to dictate manuscript into my phone using the Siri feature of Notes. It’s crude, with lots of misspellings and missing punctuation, but it’s something I can edit later. And edit I do!

There’s always research as a fallback. If I can’t be creative, or get any serious editing done, I’ll dig into story elements online. I’ll research stuff – all kinds of stuff. And by “research” I don’t mean binge-watching Criminal Minds. I use the Internet to further my story, even if it’s reading from Wikipedia about Pandas or listening to audiobooks on how to improve my craft. Here’s a writing tip: Google Earth is a great source for scene/site research. It will never replace a physical visit, but I can get a pretty good feel for a place I’ve never visited.

My advice to aspiring writers? Invest in your career in some way, each and every day. There’s no shortcut or backdoor. Hard work is never time wasted.

 

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