Torrington writer who loves “romance and drama” publishes her first book

TORRINGTON – Publishing their work can be a daunting task for writers, but for Katelyn Peterson, seeing her words in print is a dream come true.

Peterson, a resident of Torrington, said the book took her five years to complete and nearly another year to publish.

“I started the book in 2014 after the birth of my oldest son,” she said. “I worked on it whenever I had the chance. I have always loved to write since I was a child. It has always been my passion.

Peterson holds a journalism degree from Southern Connecticut State University. After graduating, she worked freelance for local newspapers, including the Register Citizen. But she wanted to write a book.

Now, she says, it’s still hard to believe her work is finally in print. It became available on October 27 and can be purchased on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Goodreads. There is also an electronic edition.

“It’s still a little surreal,” said Peterson. “But I am very happy that this is finally happening.”

Peterson, originally from Shelton, moved to Torrington in 2015. She and her husband, Justin Fritch, have two little boys. Her husband, she said, has been very supportive of her writing.

According to Peterson, his book “California Betrayal” tells the story of Shay Collins, who returns to California for his brother’s wedding. While the character is excited about the upcoming nuptials, as well as seeing her brother’s best man, Jason Kent – the guy she secretly loved throughout high school – the character dreads the idea of ​​seeing her. his manipulative and critical mother, Janine. She soon discovers that her mother’s manipulation has reached a whole new level, and the discovery she made could ruin the marriage and destroy her family.

“The idea for the story came to me,” said Peterson. “I’ve always loved romantic and dramatic books, so the story grew and I changed it along the way. I also wanted to have a mother-daughter dynamic in the story. He just grew up until I was happy with it.

There’s a little bit of herself in the story, she says. Most of the fictional restaurants, streets and the name of the town where the story takes place are taken from its own past; a street in which she grew up became the fictitious town; a restaurant is named after the street where his grandparents lived.

The best friend relationship in the story is similar to Peterson’s.

“So there’s a little bit of me throughout the story,” she said. “I know my family and others who know me will recognize the names I have used. They will understand the subtleties.

Once the manuscript was as close to perfect as Peterson thought, she set out to find an editor.

“In 2018 and 2019, I hired an editor,” she said. “I wanted it to be as perfect as possible, and once the editor was done, I started looking for an agent and a publisher. I have sent query letters to womens fiction and romance editors for over a year.

After many letters, she connected with TWB Press, a publishing house that “publishes stories of human conflict and redemption through a variety of worldviews that reflect humanity at its best… and at its best. worse, ”according to its website.

Peterson’s book can be found in the company’s romance division, Amore Moon Publishing, according to the website, which provides links to purchase the eBook or paperback.

“I was lucky they were interested,” said Peterson. “They wanted to read the manuscript, and it worked really well.”

For now, Peterson is promoting “California Betrayal” online and hopes to host readings or book signings in the future.

“I’m starting another book,” Peterson said. “It will probably take a while, but I really want to make it a career for myself. I have a lot of ideas and I hope this will continue.

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