Peter would like to say he’s been a writer all his life but it is only since retiring as a teacher in 2010 that he has been able to devote enough time to writing to call it a career. Brought up in Cardiff, he studied Chemical Physics at the University of Kent at Canterbury, then taught chemistry (and a bit of physics) in Norwich, the Isle of Wight and Thames Valley. His first experience of publishing was in writing educational materials which he has continued to do since retiring. Of his fictional writing, Seventh Child is his first published speculative fiction novel.
Peter has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy since he was young, has an (almost) complete collection of classic SF by Asimov, Ballard, Clarke, Heinlein and Niven, among others, while also enjoying fantasy by Tolkien, Donaldson and Ursula Le Guin. Of more recent authors Iain M Banks, Alastair Reynolds and China Mieville have his greatest respect. His Welsh upbringing also engendered a love of the language (even though he can’t speak it) and of Welsh mythology like the Mabinogion. All these strands come together in the Evil Above the Stars series. He lives in Herefordshire with his wife, Alison, who is a great supporter.
Seventh Child, volume 1 of Peter’s fantasy series Evil Above the Stars was published by Elsewhen Press on 2nd January 2015. Volume 2, The Power of Seven, was published by Elsewhen Press on 30th January 2015. Volume 3, Unity of Seven, was published by Elsewhen Press on 2nd January 2016. September Weekes returns in the first September Weekes novel, Cold Fire which was published by Elsewhen Press in August 2017.
Peter’s story In the bleak Long Winter is included in the anthology Existence is Elsewhen which was published by Elsewhen Press on 18th March 2016.
- “A fascinating fantasy adventure with strong elements of Welsh mythology. A finalist and highly recommended.” – Wishing Shelf Awards
- “a sharp collection” – 8/10 review of Existence is Elsewhen on Starbust Magazine
- “excellent and wonderfully imaginative” – review of Existence is Elsewhen on Risingshadow
- “gripping and entertaining” – Review of Unity of Seven on Risingshadow
- “transports the reader into another world” – review of The Power of Seven on Risingshadow
- “compelling epic fantasy novel” – review of Seventh Child on Risingshadow
- Nine Worlds 2017 – we had a blast! August 9, 2017
- REVEALED: Cover of Cold Fire, the new September Weekes novel July 15, 2017
- Unity of Seven launch at Mancunicon March 30, 2016
- Existence is Elsewhen launch at Mancunicon March 30, 2016
- Published today – Existence is Elsewhen, Science Fiction anthology headlined by John Gribbin March 18, 2016
- Third and final volume of epic Celtic fantasy series Evil Above the Stars published today January 2, 2016
- FIRST LOOK: The cover of Unity of Seven December 18, 2015
- Elsewhen Press launches new science fiction and fantasy titles at Eastercon in Heathrow April 3, 2015
- Dysprosium – Eastercon 2015 February 25, 2015
- The Power of Seven published today – second volume of Evil Above the Stars January 30, 2015
- Seventh Child published today – first volume in fantasy series, Evil Above the Stars January 2, 2015
- New fantasy series combines Celtic mythology, alchemy and Ptolemaic cosmology June 6, 2014
Peter can be contacted via Elsewhen Press using peter.r.ellis (at) elsewhen.co.uk