Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Small Bites with Pete Turner

Pete Turner has tried his hand in many facets of published writing: from short stories, poetry, newspaper articles, church plays, a screenplay, to Christian rock lyrics. In 2010, he published his first novel, Whisper A Scream (Noche Files I). After it was republished it became the #1 Customer-Rated Horror, #1 Religious Fiction, #1 Ghost Horror and #1 Occult Horror Novel on Amazon Kindle as well as #4 Best Seller list on Religious Mystery Amazon. His second novel, Whisper from the Woods (Noche Files II) also appeared in the top ten of many of these charts as well and #1 Best Seller for Religious Mystery during a promotional tour.

 Pete currently lives in Kentucky with his wife, Tammi and their four children. He is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, with an MA in Counseling and a BA in Psychology and Pastoral Counseling. He has worked in many avenues in the mental health, social work, grief therapy, Christian Counseling fields, and currently an adolescent psychotherapist. He is currently working on Whisper of the Fallen (Noche Files III) hopefully coming out by Winter of this year and putting together an anthology of short stories, lyrics, and other writings to be published this summer. You can find more info at Pete's website or Facebook page

Without further ado...

A Flame in the Dark: What is your favorite monster/horror icon?

Pete Turner: My favorite Horror icon would have to be Dexter Morgan from the TV show Dexter. A serial killer with a conscious?? A serial killer of serial killers? A serial killer that everyone roots for, I would have to say is a great twist in writing. 

AFitD: Favorite horror movie?

PT: I have so many favorite horror movies- so I’ll narrow it to three: Psycho, Nightmare on Elm Street, and Friday the 13th (each of the originals)!

AFitD: Favorite author?

PT: My favorite author by far is Ted Dekker.

AFitD: One question you wish people would ask you, and your answer?

PT: The one question is how many tattoos I have… the answer is technically 15. But eventually my back will all be one and then it will be six.

AFitD: Who is Jesus, to you?

PT: Jesus to me is my Lord and personal savior. He is my inspiration to write. I'm not sure what I do in writing is ministry, but I do try and be educational in dealing with the forces of evil—Only Jesus Christ can defeat evil. It’s not our works or morals or mantras or ‘salt’ that defeats evil, but the power of Jesus!


  1. I agree that Jesus alone defeats evil. I'm sorry to say I haven't read any of your fiction, yet, but how do you approach endings without it being a predictable Jesus saves type of resolution?

  2. I try to approach it in the sense that there is more to everything than just the ending. I think the adventure to any story including my own life is in the journey not just the ending... I know where my life story will end, but my everyday life has twists... I also think in these stories that the readers can relate so much to the characters that despite knowing the final destination, being along for the ride is the thrill too. I also try and write in a few twists to the ending so it may not simply be Jesus wins and everyone lives happily ever after... I hope that made some sense. lol. Try the novels... they might surprise you even if you can predict the ending... Either way, keep praying that they may change at least one person's life.