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Eric Peterson

A grinning man with glasses stands before a hideous four-foot-tall Navy SEAL frogman mannequin

Author photo by Phil Winters

A third-generation Californian, Eric grew up in Los Gatos, a town some 50 miles south of San Francisco. He spent two years at the University of California San Diego before transferring to Stanford, where he earned a BA in Communication in 1979.

Eric then moved to San Diego. He likes to say he's the only one dumb enough to leave Silicon Valley in 1979 to find his fortune on the beaches of La Jolla.

In San Diego, Eric worked for a railroad (Amtrak), a real estate developer, and an employee benefits consulting firm. Shortly after his marriage to Teresa, he founded a software company. He then joined a family venture partnership and, later in life, tried his hand at owning and serving as general manager for a fine-dining restaurant in Orange County, CA. The restaurant soon closed.

In the back of his mind, Eric felt predestined to be a writer and driven to write funny novels. His debut novel, Life as a Sandwich, was a finalist in the San Diego Book Awards. His second novel, The Dining Car, won the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Gold Medal for Popular Fiction, the San Diego Book Award Gold Medal for Contemporary Fiction, and the Readers' Favorite Book Award Silver Medal for Literary Fiction.

His third novel, Sunshine Chief, a sequel to The Dining Car, won the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Silver Medal for Popular Fiction and was named a finalist in the Literary Fiction category of the Readers' Favorite Book Awards.

Eric's fourth book is a collection of seventeen personal literary essays, originally written for the daily online magazine Pillar to Post.

Eric lives in Southern California with his wife, Teresa. Their idea of fun is eating good food and drinking good wine. 

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