Pete  Nelson

Pete Nelson

Pete Nelson's 2010 novel, I Thought You Were Dead, focuses on the relationship between the down and out Paul Gustavson and his dog Stella. While Paul attempts to salvage his sanity and relationships, Stella not only listens with compassion but provides better counsel than any human. A prolific writer since receiving his MFA from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop in 1979, Nelson's work includes a six-book series about a girl named Sylvia Smith-Smith which earned him an Edgar Award nomination and a young adult non-fiction book on WWII history, Left For Dead, for which he won the 2003 Christopher award. Peter, by the way, is not the Pete Nelson of tree house fame, although he's got nothing against them, and performs as a singer-songwriter before select but devoted audiences. For information on all of Peter's publications, check out his Amazon page @ public