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As a child growing up in Brooklyn, New York, Peter McNeil literally threw himself into the world of television. While absorbing all film genres with unapologetic enthusiasm, little did he know that he was molding his fascination for the literary world as well. In 1985, he enlisted into the U.S. Army and while serving a three-year tour, he developed a fondness for two literary hobbies: first, sharing his “G.I. Joe” experiences with his friends with animated writing, and second, reading novels. Stephen King and Dean Koontz were the first authors he delighted in because of his love for horror. Terri McMillan, John Grisham, and a host of others, drew his interest in later years. However, after the military, reading books gradually dropped down his list of priorities when it came to entertainment.

After shuffling through his share of jobs, he eventually landed a temporary clerk position at the Midtown Manhattan’s Morgan Postal Processing & Distribution Center in 1993. “Working the nightshift at Morgan Station around that period was so surreal…such fun, as if it was one big frat house. Great, long-lasting friendships were developed and a lot of memorable moments that remain with me to this day.” The position was upgraded to a two-year temporary employment contract and in 1996 he applied for and passed the postal exam to become a permanent letter carrier at Cooper Postal Station. “Being a mailman in the mid-90’s and the early 2000’s when the mail volume was extremely heavy proved to be a very demanding feat but working at Cooper and delivering mail in the Lower East Village in Manhattan resulted in some of memorable and meaningful experiences in my life.”

Still, after the first year in his new position, something was lacking within his spirit. One evening, while watching Mo’ Better Blues from one of his favorite directors, Spike Lee, a voice gently whispered in his ear─you can do this too, Pete. That was the void that needed fulfillment speaking to him, really waking him up. So the next day, while delivering mail to a Barnes and Noble store on Astor Place, Peter purchased a “How to Write a Screenplay” book and went to work formulating storylines for his “Postal Project”. Seven years later (between marrying his soul-mate Pamela Smith, raising their children, Justin, Jordan and Milahn, relocating to North Carolina and switching jobs), he finally finished the screenplay. “After my brother Kevin told an editor about my work, I sent her my five hundred page “baby”. She liked it but told me that one hundred twenty-five pages was the limit when submitting a screenplay. She then casually recommended that I convert the screenplay to a book.” He ran with that idea and for the next four to six years, switched his screenplay project to what many consider a page-turning gem.

But like so many first-time authors who fail to land that sought-after agent or publishing house to represent their work, he underwent the same experience. Tired of waiting for an opportunity, Peter created one by forming his own publishing company, Level 44 Publications L.L.C. to launch his very first novel. While the road to self-publishing can be a very strenuous one, he welcomes the challenging journey and all of the rewards it has to offer. “All that I ask of you is to stay with me and pray with me on my quest and support my work. I’m quite confident that not only will you enjoy the stories but you will gain insight from them as well.”

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