Excerpt from – Guarding Shakespeare by Quintin Peterson

Performance by Michelle Alexander

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What is your novel about?

Guarding Shakespeare is a noir mystery thriller set against the backdrop of the world renowned Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, which contains the world’s largest collection of First Folios and Shakespeareana. Long-time security guard Lt. Norman Blalock, who is being forced into retirement, has been tasked by a wealthy businessman and his lovely emissary to steal a priceless artifact hidden within the institution’s underground bank vault that will not be missed and become a wealthy man, with no one the wiser.

What genres would you say this novel is in?

Noir mystery thriller.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Heist job.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?


How long have you been working on this story?

This published novella took me a year to write.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

What motivated you to write this story?

I was inspired to write Guarding Shakespeare by working at the Folger Shakespeare Library.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Jacob Lawrence.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Working on my artwork, film study, and playing Chess.

What influenced you to enter your novel to get performed?

I’ve done a lot of book readings and was curious to hear someone else read my work.

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Aspiring fiction authors should first pick the genre they are most interested in, read a lot of work in that genre, and write a lot. Enter contests in that genre and surf the Net for anthologies in that genre seeking submissions.


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Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

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