Basically, I am a “blue-collar guy”. It is the world I come from, a world of hard working, hard drinking construction workers, cops, longshoremen, firemen, railroad workers, bus drivers, truckers, sanitation workers, etc. who were, for the most part, family men who loved their God, their families and their country—unconditionally. Consequently, if you would ask me to describe my work as a writer I would call it “blue-collar” meaning that I believe my work is simple fair, easily readable, no-nonsense, minimally superlative, and flows quickly. There is lots of dialogue and my tendency to be omniscient is obvious. I think that is because the characters and I are part of each other and I know what they are thinking.
Larry Peterson Sr was born and raised in NYC and is a former iron-worker. In 1979, after coming down with MS, he and his wife and three children moved to Florida. He began doing weekly commentary for a local newspaper and today he is a Catholic/Christian author and writer having written four books (all listed in the sidebar)and hundreds of columns on various topics, particularly on little-known saints.
His books include the novel, The Priest and the Peaches, the paranormal thriller, The Demons of Abadon, and Horizon Homeless, which confronts the opioid epidemic in America. He has also written a children’s book, Slippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes which deals with children who have physical handicaps.
Larry belongs to the CWG (Catholic Writer’s Guild), CWS (Catholic WrIter’s Society), and his commentary and essays have been published in such publications as Zenit from Rome, Aleteia, Top Catholic Blogs, New Evangelization, Big Pulpit, as well as others. IN addition to this site, Cradling Catholic, He also has another site which is called, It Makes Sense To Me located at http://slipperywillie.blogspot.com
Away from the keyboard, Larry has been a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society for over twenty years and is a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He is also an EMHC (aka Eucharistic Minister) for the sick and homebound and an usher at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Pinellas Park, FL.
Larry’s first wife died of cancer (Melanoma) in 2003. He married again in 2006. His second wife also had been widowed. Ironically, she came down with cancer (Lymphoma) in 2011. In the fall of 2014, she was also diagnosed as having Alzheimer’s Disease. She passed away in March of 2017.
The writer has three kids and six grandchildren and they all live within five miles of each other.