I started writing my debut novel,Don't Go There, in 2010.

My formative years can be characterized as coasting, not really knowing what I wanted to become. Early on I had dreams of being a modern day Perry Mason, solving crimes and freeing innocent defendants. I didn't realize it then, but it was the story-telling, not the lawyering, that attracted me.

I always had a knack for literature, but economic reality set in during my sophomore year in college. I changed majors from literature to business administration as a hedge against finding out that being an author was not going to be a promising career. As fate would have it, I did end up graduating law school because I was able to work full time for corporations to pay for my law school expenses and provide income for my family.

I held many titles as a corporate employee, but for the most part I was corporate legal counsel, a disaster response expert, and then an executive. I was mentored by an attorney that was initially an FBI agent who later went into private practice.

Perhaps my choice to enter the corporate world was fate stepping in to provide me the experience necessary to write novels that deliver behind-closed-doors access and insight to the leadership level of industry, their heroes and villains, and how so many things can go so terribly wrong. My safe career had a habit of finding high profile disasters, ruthless people and the messes they get their company, family and friends in when they make bad choices.

Along the way I have had the good fortune to know some very interesting and talented individuals that led rich and sometimes outrageous lives. I also became acquainted with many frauds masquerading as talents, insane individuals masquerading as eccentrics, and some very unscrupulous and corrupt bad guys. It is their personalities, their gifts and shortcomings that have made so many real dramas I have witnessed, bizarre and entertaining.

Although I truly enjoyed my legal career, I have always been a frustrated author. My "normal" life and career sufficed until I could no longer resist the literary urge. I might be a decent storyteller. And this is my opportunity to recreate the personalities I encountered - place them in fiction so the world may enjoy them, their fictional endeavors and dramas, as I have been fascinated by their real ones.

After publishing three novels, Brenda Sevcik, an aspiring writer at the time, took my offer to collaborate on THE TRIGGER EFFECT. Our marketing approach was to appear at book festivals, night clubs and other venues - acting out scenes from our book. That was so much fun, we're co-authoring on a new crime novel. Catch us appearing at venues in the Southeast U.S. or follow me on Facebook or on my website at


When a massive pipeline ruptures just outside of Washington D.C, spilling huge volumes of gasoline on the Potomac River—which then catches on fire—an international disaster firm is called in to lead the investigation. But as they dig deeper into the cause of the rupture, an illegal tap created when the pipe was installed is not the only thing they uncover. Behind the disaster waits a conspiracy between three crime syndicates decades in the making.
Chief investigator Victor Majeski teams up with his old girlfriend, Agent Angela Cramer of the FBI, putting their lives in jeopardy as they race to collect enough evidence to put the leaders of the syndicates behind bars before everyone involved disappears.

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Peter Farris