Pete Carlson’s debut novel has won national recognition. Ukrainian Nights won the Finalist Award in the General Fiction category of the prestigious Eric Hoffer Awards 2020 program. Carlson’s second novel Tearza was published in November 2020.
Carlson has a diverse forty-year career in commercial real estate development throughout the country. Carlson moved to Denver from Minnesota in 2017 and recently developed a luxury condominium project called Altus Vail in Vail Village. He has been a frequent speaker on various webinars and a guest in KFAI Write On Radio. Carlson serves on the board of the Colorado Authors League; member of The Authors Guild and Lighthouse Writers. He is blessed with his wife, Marsha, three boys and their spouses with four beautiful grandchildren. He enjoys cooking, travel, and writing.
Awards and Recognition
- Carlson's debut novel Ukrainian Nights won the 2020 Eric Hoffer Finalist Award for General Fiction.
Press and Media Mentions
- PRESS RELEASE Denver Resident Pete Carlson’s Debut Novel Wins National Recognition “Ukrainian Nights” won the Finalist Award in the General Fiction category of the prestigious Eric Hoffer Awards program. The geo-political ructions caused by the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1990-91. The rapid disappearance of communist order left a handful of former KGB operatives in possession of massive gas and oil reserves, and they have become the shady oligarchs of today. Beneath the historical tensions between Russia, Ukraine and the USA, resides a powerful and allegedly state-sponsored criminal elite. The protagonist, Hunter, is a young New York Times journalist, assigned to investigate sex slavery and money laundering in Kiev just after the fall of the Soviet Union. He is not a tough guy, not in the least; but he falls in love with Alina, the mistress of Vladimir Karasov—the head of Ukraine’s largest mafia—and refuses to let her go. The love story between Hunter and Alina is running