DUSK PETERSON: Historical speculative fiction

History-inspired mythic fantasy. Alternate history. Retrofuture science fiction. Love.

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DUSK PETERSON About the author


Dusk Peterson writes historical speculative fiction: history-inspired mythic fantasy, alternate history, and retrofuture science fiction. Family affection, friendship, platonic life-companionships, and romance often occur in the stories. Dusk Peterson's fiction has been honored seven times in the Rainbow Awards, including winning the Fantasy and Alternate Universe/Reality categories. A resident of Maryland, Mx. Peterson lives with an apprentice and several thousand books.


Bio for my YA/NA fiction.

My pronouns: They/them.

My honorific: Mx.

Other work: I also work as a history writer. In the past, I've worked as a newspaper reporter and copy editor, an e-zine publisher and editor, a historical researcher, an editorial assistant to history editors, a library assistant, a college archive assistant, a bookstore clerk, an office supplies store clerk, and a 5&10 clerk who lusted after the contents of the stationery section.

Personal life: Born in Michigan in April 1963, I was initially raised in a university community just outside the rural village of Berrien Springs, Michigan. I mainly lived from ages eight to fifty-one in the New Deal planned community of Greenbelt, Maryland (a suburb of Washington, D.C.), before moving in 2014 to Havre de Grace, Maryland (a historic port town at the tip of the Chesapeake Bay). A graduate of St. John's College in Annapolis (which has a Great Books curriculum), I also lived in Annapolis for five years, in Baltimore for five years, and in England – primarily Oxford – for an accumulated total of two years. I'm a member of various literary communities and of the disability, LGBTA, mental health, and simple living communities. A homebody (even before the pandemic!), I divide most of my time between writing, housework, and family life.


List of published fiction by date of publication. Also serves as a timeline for my literary life.

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