Alan Petersen Author Podcast Host


My name is Alan Petersen. I write thrillers and host the “Meet the Thriller Author” podcast.

I’ve been a fan of podcasts for more than ten years (ancient times when it comes to podcasting).

I even hosted another semi-popular podcast over ten years ago, Costa Rica Talk Radio, about my home country, Costa Rica.

Alan Petersen Podcast

My podcast about Costa Rica.

There are a lot of great podcasts on writing out there, but most of those focus on the business/marketing side of being an author, I wanted a podcast that focused on the writing side of the equation by interviewing authors.

Why Thrillers, Mysteries, & Suspense Authors?

In order to keep this podcast focused and aimed towards fans of genre fiction, I decided to interview authors that are writing and publishing in the genre that I love to read and write: the thriller, mystery, and suspense genre and its many sub-genres.

I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing Amazon, New York Times, and USA Today bestselling authors like Dean Koontz, Lee Child, Tess Gerritsen Russell Blake, Cheryl Bradshaw, Danielle Girard, Wayne Stinnett, John Ellsworth, Jeff Menapace, Marcia Clark, and many other wonderful authors (with more to come).

You can peruse the podcast archive to find all my interviews. There is also an “Author Search” function on the right-handed sidebar of the website (if you’re looking for someone in particular).

About Me

I was born in San José, Costa Rica, and I grew up there and in Caracas, Venezuela. I moved to the United States (Minnesota) for college where I met my future wife, Jennifer.

We’ve been married for over twenty years now.

In 2010 we moved from Minneapolis, Minnesota to San Francisco, California with our three dogs (my wife was asked to relocate there for work).

We love living in such a historical, quirky, and beautiful city like San Francisco. We even live on one of those iconic San Francisco street (a hill with a 17% grade that doesn’t even make it into the top ten of most steep streets in the city).

The street is so steep that if you drop a soda can it will roll on down to the Embarcadero.

It’s where you’ll find me thinking about a story or scene idea while being pulled down those streets by my ferocious and wild beasts:


An added bonus to living in San Francisco: I live a few miles from Sam Spade’s home on Post Street from the iconic novel by Dashiell Hammett, “The Maltese Falcon.”

If you visit San Francisco and you’re a Dashiell Hammett fan, take the walking tour. It’s lots of fun.

My Books

I’ve published three thriller novels in my Pete Maddox Series. I also write a cozy mystery series under a pen name.

I’m also starting a new crime fiction series set in Costa Rica about a local homicide investigator teaming up with a rookie FBI profiler to catch a serial killer. The first three books in that series should be published in 2022!

You can learn more about my writing over at my author website.

You can also find me on Facebook and Twitter.

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