John Peter Fer

Literary Fiction

Well-traveled Foreign Service Officer and author

John Peter Fer was born at the Air Force Academy in Colorado and spent his childhood moving between bases. He graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1998 and then served for five years as a missileer. In 2004, he joined the Peace Corps, where he served in Nepal until a civil war brought an abrupt end to his service. He returned to teach eighth grade in Los Angeles (but only lasted a year!), and then he worked as a Workforce Development instructor via a partnership between L.A. County and the Service Employees International Union. In 2007, he became a firefighter in Montgomery County, MD, and served until 2009 when he joined the State Department as a Foreign Service Officer. He’s served in New Delhi, India, Managua, Nicaragua, Moscow, Russia, Riga, Latvia, and Washington, DC.  He is currently the Information Officer in Tbilisi, Georgia. He and his wife have two sons.

Read BookTrib’s review of A Fool and a Whore here.

Your biggest literary influences:

J.D. Salinger, Patricia Highsmith

Last book read: 

The Haven by HK Deeb

The book that changed your life:

The Main Stream of Mathematics by Edna Kramer  

Your favorite literary character:

Franny Glass

Currently working on:

Being a good dad and husband

Words to live by:

Be a good dad and husband.

Advice for aspiring authors:

Write what you want to read.  


“[A Fool and a Whore] Doesn’t go where you think it will at several turns yet you keep enjoying the ride. Really good read, fun for the beach, a couch on a rainy day, or your book club. Great work.”
— Paul Swider, Amazon reviewer

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