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Larry V. Pederson aka L.V. Pederson, is an Inventor and Author of The Worst Fear

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My roundabout way back to writing 

It's a well-worn cliché that great ideas come about in unexpected and mysterious ways. I'd like to believe my best ideas are never mere casual coincidence. Some of these inspiring and groundbreaking brainstorms have led me into  uncharted territory, and now they have brought me back to writing.

I am a... 

Screenwriter who became an Inventor & Entrepreneur, and 25 years later, I have found my way back to the written word – this time writing a

I am currently seeking representation.

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Latest Update: March 01 2023

The Sacrificial Lamb - Mystery Thriller

A present-day thriller in which a guilt-ridden young woman must risk everything for a chance at redemption when she becomes convinced her  high-flying boss is her father’s real killer. 

On the surface, Madison is a bright and beautiful 25-year-old psychology grad with a sharp eye for detail and an intuition about others. Yet deep down, she is still that traumatized little girl plagued with guilt and self-doubt who can’t forgive herself for her father’s death on 9/11.

Craving a fresh start, Madison leaves Boston to accept an unexpected job offer as an executive assistant at a Silicon Valley AI giant. But the new life she tries to build quickly crumbles when she begins to suspect her charismatic Senior VP boss is really Mohamed Atta, the infamous 9/11 hijacker who crashed her father’s plane – yet whose DNA was never found at Ground Zero.


Madison’s attempts to prove his true identity quickly become increasingly treacherous and before she knows it, she’s intercepted by veteran FBI Agent Niles and thrust into his Hail Mary mission to thwart a diabolical plot. 


This could be Madison's chance to make things right. But first, Madison and Niles must stop a cunning terrorist in his tracks. If they fail, they put more than their lives at risk – the entire country may suffer the worst attack on its soil in decades. 

The Worst Fear

A 'What If' thriller ignited by a kernel of truth

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I am often struck by an idea that creeps into my head, takes hold, and just won’t let go. 

That’s exactly what happened with this book. The idea hit me during one of my holiday parties, sparked by an animated discussion about the lead 9/11 hijacker – and a little-known fact about him that even I (who considered himself well-read on the subject) was not aware of. That then prompted the question: ‘What If…?’

I became obsessed with this historical tidbit, this tiny kernel of fact, about one of the most notorious villains of our time – and the question kept coming back.

From that provocative hook and those gut-wrenching emotions, the storyline for ‘The Sacrificial Lamb’ came to life and I had to write it.

My book is not a work of historical fiction. It is a mystery suspense thriller, with themes of loss, love, courage and survival woven into the story as the heroes race the clock and the plot thickens. At its core, it is a present-day tale of two wounded souls who each find inner peace while they work together to uncover the truth.

For readers who were drawn to the unlikely heroine in 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo', or who enjoyed peeling away the layers to solve the puzzle as they turned the pages in 'The Da Vinci Code', this might be the book for you.

Idea ignited

What's Next?

Now that I have finished writing my first novel, what's next?

Latest Update: Jan 2023

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What's the Big Idea?

While I work on submissions, craft query letters and finesse the synopsis for ‘The Sacrificial Lamb’, I am considering a handful of big ideas for my next book.

It will almost certainly be something mysterious, with compelling characters, no shortage of suspense and thrills – and maybe, just maybe, it will be another 'What If' thriller.

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