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My Current Projects

On this page is where I’ll share what I’m currently working on.

2023 Plans

Exciting news for fans of psychological thrillers! I am thrilled to announce that I am currently hard at work on my debut standalone novel in the genre. The writing process has been a great journey so far, and I am optimistic about publishing the book in early 2023. Stay tuned for more updates on this project.

For those who have been eagerly anticipating new additions to the Elijah Shaw series, you’ll be happy to hear that books #4 and #5 are planned for release in 2023.

In addition to my new projects, I am also giving my first three books in the Pete Maddox series a fresh new look with updated covers. And for those waiting for the fourth book in the series, “The Forgotten Spy”, rest assured that I am still working to bring it to you soon.


I’m working on a new crime thriller series that will be set in my home country of Costa Rica. December 29, 2022 UPDATE – THE FIRST THREE BOOKS IN THIS SERIES ARE OUT NOW! CLICK HERE.

Featuring a Costa Rican homicide detective — an agent with the Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ) — on the hunt for a serial killer targeting American tourists and expats in Costa Rica.

The detective enlists the help of an FBI Profiler to help him find the killer before he strikes again.

I’ve been wanting to write these books for over ten years, so I’m excited to see them come together, finally.

The first book is finished. It’s been line-edited and proofread. 

As of October 1, 2021, I’m at the 27% mark of my target word-count goal for the second book.

New update! As of February 26, 2022, I’m at the 79% completion mark for the second book. I hit a block where I made little progress, but got back on track in February.

March 8, 2022 update. Book #2 is complete! Came in at 68,000 words. It’s now in the hands of my editor.

I started writing book #3 on March 4. I crossed over 10,000 word mark in four days, so it’s coming along nicely.

Work in progress

I have the third book in the series outlined and the log line for books 4-6 written. So I’m excited about this series.

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Standalone domestic thriller is Complete!

TBD Title. Current WIP
100% Complete
60,000 of 60,000 words
To be published soon!

The Past Never Dies is Complete!
100% Complete
68,000 of 68,000 words

Always There is complete!
106% Complete
63,500 of 60,000 words

Book 4 in the Elijah Shaw Thriller Series

Title to be Revealed Later
114% Complete
74,000 of 65,000 words
The fourth book in the Elijah Shaw series will see Costa Rica's best homicide detective out of his element in Washington DC as he investigates the disappearance of the daughter of a Costa Rican diplomat.

Alan Petersen is the bestselling author of high-octane thrillers.

He's also the host of Meet the Thriller Author, a podcast where he's interviewed over 100 authors of mystery, thrillers, and suspense book including Dean Koontz, Tess Gerritsen, Marcia Clark, and many others.

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