Hello there! My name is Alan Petersen. I’m an author of thrillers. I was born in San José, Costa Rica. My Father was an American expat from Minnesota who moved to Latin America in the late 1950s. He met my Mother, who is from Costa Rica, while she was vacationing in Mexico City and he was living there (teaching English at the University of Mexico City).
During the next 40+ years, my Parents lived in nine different countries in Latin America including Honduras, Panama, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic (my parents, brother, and sister were caught in the middle of a civil war in the Dominican Republic, and they had to be rescued by US Marines in 1965. I wasn’t born yet, so I missed the excitement).
In 1969, my parents moved to Caracas, Venezuela when I was an infant. I spent my childhood living in Caracas attending Campo Alegre and Colegio Internacional de Caracas (CIC) both were English language schools located in Caracas.
Eventually, my parents settled back to Costa Rica where I grew up living near the capital city of San José. I graduated from high school from Costa Rica Academy (CRA) in 1987. It was CRA’s Principal, Joe Walker who first encouraged my writing. I can’t remember what I wrote, but I do remember he read it, and pulled me aside and told me I wrote well and asked me to join the “CRA Jammer” our little school’s newspaper. He probably did it to keep me out of trouble, it didn’t work, but I enjoyed the writing part.
I moved to the United States for the first time to attend college. I had no idea where to go, but since I had been to Minnesota before to visit my grandparents, I figured I might as well go to school up there. The first Minnesota winter almost did me in, but I eventually became acclimated to frigid winters and humid summers. I met my wife, Jennifer while going to Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota.
Jennifer is from St. Paul, Minnesota, so after college, we moved to the Twin Cities where we lived until relocating to San Francisco, California with our three dogs, and where we live on a quintessential San Francisco city street right out of Steve McQueen’s Bullitt.
I’ve enjoyed reading true crime stories, horror and thrillers (especially crime/spy thrillers) for as long as I can remember. When I began to write my own thrillers I decided to stick with an area that I was familiar with and knew well: Latin America. My first book, The Asset is a CIA thriller set in Caracas, Venezuela. My second book, She’s Gone is set in Honduras and Mexico, although the action does move across the border to California.
I enjoy researching and writing stories set in International locations where the action and danger are non-stop.
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