About Mike Peterson

  • Author and editor Mike Peterson has worked with students and teachers since 1993, creating educational materials that are both engaging and educationally sound. He has given workshops for educators on local, regional, state and national levels, has had articles on educational topics published in a variety of publications, and has won international awards for his youth and community programs. His serial stories have appeared in newspapers throughout the United States as well as in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Bermuda. He has also been a newspaper reporter and editor, radio talk show host, magazine writer and advertising professional.

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What inspired you to start writing the story? Kya at LACS.

this vidio is very moving and sad. janelle @ lacs

Mr. Peterson, I think the first video is very well done. Using old photographs provides a powerful image of the Civil War and the real people that lived during that time in history. Mrs. Sweredoski at LACS

Some stories make war seem exciting, and there are exciting parts in it, but there are a lot of parts that are sad, and this story will include some of that. I hope you enjoy it!

Kya, I wish I had a more interesting answer, but I was "inspired" because I need to buy groceries and pay rent -- I'm a professional writer and writing things is my job! But it's one I really love, so it's not "just" a job.

The reason I chose this topic is that, first of all, it's the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, and, second, the stories I write for the papers in New York all take place there. And Elmira was an important part of the war because of the prison there and also because it had been an important part of the Underground Railroad. I also try to move things around -- last year, most of the serial took place in Sackets Harbor, the year before that, in Plattsburgh. So this year, Elmira wins!

what inspired you

What did you think about when you worte this story .Nyssa at lacs

Mr. Peterson,
Why do you do you like the Civil War?

Dear Mr.Peterson
Did you live by Elmira at the time that you wrote this story?

What inspired you to right about the Civil War.
Chase

Chase, Hannah, Dylan -- If you scroll up in these comments, you'll see my answer!

Matthew, no, but Christopher and I visited before we did the story. What a nice town!

Nyssa, what I thought about was "I wonder what happens next?" and "I hope the kids like it!"

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