My Current Projects

On this page is where I’ll share what I’m currently working on.

2023 Plans

I’m working on my first domestic psychological thriller! It’s going to be a standalone novel. So far, the writing is coming along. Hopefully that keeps up and I can publish this in early 2023. More info on this book later. 

Look for book #4 and #5 in the Elijah Shaw series in 2023.

I’m also updating the covers for my first three books from the Pete Maddox series. And I’m still planning to publish the long delayed fourth book in that series, The Forgotten Spy.

I’m working on a new crime thriller series that will be set in my home country of Costa Rica. December 29, 2022 UPDATE – THE FIRST THREE BOOKS IN THIS SERIES ARE OUT NOW! CLICK HERE.

Featuring a Costa Rican homicide detective — an agent with the Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ) — on the hunt for a serial killer targeting American tourists and expats in Costa Rica.

The detective enlists the help of an FBI Profiler to help him find the killer before he strikes again.

I’ve been wanting to write these books for over ten years, so I’m excited to see them come together, finally.

The first book is finished. It’s been line-edited and proofread. 

As of October 1, 2021, I’m at the 27% mark of my target word-count goal for the second book.

New update! As of February 26, 2022, I’m at the 79% completion mark for the second book. I hit a block where I made little progress, but got back on track in February.

March 8, 2022 update. Book #2 is complete! Came in at 68,000 words. It’s now in the hands of my editor.

I started writing book #3 on March 4. I crossed over 10,000 word mark in four days, so it’s coming along nicely.

Work in progress

I have the third book in the series outlined and the log line for books 4-6 written. So I’m excited about this series.

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Standalone domestic/pyschological thriller

TBD Title. Current WIP
69% Complete
41,300 of 60,000 words

The Past Never Dies is Complete!
100% Complete
68,000 of 68,000 words

Always There is complete!
106% Complete
63,500 of 60,000 words

Book 4 in the Elijah Shaw Thriller Series

Title to be Revealed Later
0% Complete
of 75,000 words
The fourth book in the Elijah Shaw series will see Costa Rica's best homicide detective out of his element in Washington DC as he investigates the disappearance of the daughter of a Costa Rican diplomat.

Book 5 in the Elijah Shaw Thriller Series

Title to be Revealed Later
0% Complete
of 75,000 words
The fifth book in the Elijah Shaw series will see Costa Rica's best homicide detective now living in the US hunting a serial killer who's one of his victims is a Costa Rican citizen.

The fourth book in my Pete Maddox series is scheduled to be published in 2022.

I finished writing this book awhile back but I put it on the back burner for way too long. I’m planning to send this out to my editor soon.

Stay tuned for more info soon.

Maddox Series

The Forgotten Spy
113% Complete
90,000 of 80,000 words

Alan Petersen is the bestselling author of high-octane thrillers.

He's also the host of Meet the Thriller Author, a podcast where he's interviewed over 100 authors of mystery, thrillers, and suspense book including Dean Koontz, Tess Gerritsen, Marcia Clark, and many others.

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