December 18th, 2009

andrew potter

The Inside Reader: Josh Aterovis

Show me the books he loves and I shall know the man far better than through mortal friends - Silas Weir Mitchell
Josh Aterovis was probably the first young adult author I read, and maybe one of the first mystery authors also. I found him thanks to the power of the net, I read a book by a new author (very new) and when I listed it on LibraryThing, Josh was one of the other libraries listing it. I browsed his profile, I was curious to know if maybe he had other books in his library I could be interested in, and instead I found out he was an author himself. I bought his books basically since I thought, if he likes the same books I like, maybe I will like to book he writes... so, more or less, it was like for one of my Inside Reader posts, only way before I started to post them ;-) So, welcome Josh!

Hello everyone! I have a couple points I need to make before jumping into my Top Ten. First off, these are not necessarily the ten best books I've ever read, or even my ten favorite books. These are the books that had some sort of impact on me personally, influenced me as a writer, and few that I just plain love. Also, they're not all gay-themed, although most are. Some are really about the entire series, but I've chosen a single title to represent the whole series. Without further ado, here's my Top 10 Books.

1) The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene (Nancy Drew Series). I stumbled across Nancy Drew in my elementary school library. I was in fourth grade and my family had just moved to a new town where I knew no one. I was an awkward, shy, gay boy, and books became my new best friends...and Nancy was my BFF. I started reading the 50's revised versions of the original series, and later moved on to the slightly racier updated series from the 80s and 90s. These later books probably had the most influence on my Killian Kendall series. In some respect, Killian is a gay Nancy Drew, except that he actually ages as opposed to being suspended in time. Nancy, on the other hand, will always be a teenager...and I'll always love her for that.

Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 210 pages
Publisher: Applewood Books; Facsimile edition (September 1, 1991)
Publisher Link:
ISBN-10: 1557091552
ISBN-13: 978-1557091550
Amazon: The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew, Book 1)

In this first of the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories, Nancy, unaided, seeks to find a missing will. Her search not only tests her keen mind but also leads her into a thrilling adventure. This volume presents the original, 1930 version of the story. In 1959 the story was rewritten and condensed and this original version went out of print.

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About Josh Aterovis: Josh Aterovis has been writing fiction for over six years. His first two books, Bleeding Hearts and a spin-off mystery Reap the Whirlwind, were first published in 2001 and 2003 respectively. The first book, Bleeding Hearts, introduced gay teen sleuth Killian Kendall, and won several awards, including the 2002 Whodunit Award from the StoneWall Society. He followed up by winning the Whodunit Award again the following year for Reap the Whirlwind. In addition to novels, Aterovis also writes for, an entertainment news website for and about gay and bisexual men, doing articles, interviews and reviews.

Aterovis was born and bred on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Aterovis is a Latin pseudonym meaning “black sheep”.

He has won numerous awards for his writing and for his website, which also features his well-received art gallery.

All Lost Things
Paperback: 328 pages
Publisher: P.D. Publishing, Inc. (September 27, 2009)
Publisher Link:
ISBN-10: 1933720700
ISBN-13: 978-1933720708
Amazon: All Lost Things

Killian Kendall’s life is changing faster than he can keep up. He’s graduating from high school, breaking up with his boyfriend, and starting a new job with a private investigator. He’s barely settled at his new desk when his ex-boyfriend calls with a desperate plea for help. He wants Killian to prove his new boyfriend is innocent in the shockingly violent murder of his abusive father. Killian reluctantly agrees to take the case, little knowing how complicated — and dangerous — things will become before it’s over. On the home front, Killian’s surrogate parents decide to buy a historic mansion and turn it into a bed and breakfast. The house comes with a rich history... and maybe a ghost or two. Killian doesn’t want to believe in such things, but he’s quickly becoming convinced that something terrible happened to the home’s original owners. The century-old mystery both terrifies and tantalizes Killian. In the end, he may be the only one who can uncover the truth.