Peter Cruikshank

Biography

Writing has always been in Peter's blood. His love of writing started in his early teens when he cut his teeth on Sci-Fi and the passion never left him. Peter lives in Southern California with his beautiful and fetching wife, along with an exceedingly talkative cat.

At an early age, Peter was introduced to Robert Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land and has been an avid reader ever since. As a teen, he picked up a copy of Lord of the Rings and expanded his love of reading to include Medieval Fantasy. By 18 years of age, he knew he wanted to be an author, but life got in the way, and his dreams were put on hold - until 2012 when he turned his energy to writing.

Outside of writing he obtained a Masters of Science in Information Systems while working in the private & public sectors, academia, and the field of ministry. His diverse work life has provided a wealth of experience that has helped him to understand his characters and the way in which they deal with their trials and tribulations - overcoming obstacles that transform their lives. The process of how some characters fail, and others rise above their own expectations, mimics his personal life. The passion and fire of a life led without regret is what he hopes to bring to his stories. As the Dragon-Called tell us:

Stay True to Your Fire Within!

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I was still a preteen when I picked up my first real book. It was a time when I was dealing with the breakup of my parents, leaving me to struggle with my role in not just my family, but the world as a whole. A friend's father was an author and lent me 'Stranger in a Strange Land' by Robert Heinlein. A interesting choice as it was a mix of science fiction and mysticism. I had never read either and it left me with a ton of questions - remember I was around twelve. When I told my friend's father that the book had left me with questioning, he told me that the author, Robert Heinlein, would be proud. I read the book twice, losing myself in the characters and the events that changed their lives. Still leaving me scratching my head, but so excited and wondering what other worlds were out there. After the second reading I ran out an found another book by Heinlein, then searched out for all the ones I could find (and he had a lot). I stumbled across other authors that were different, but still provided the escapism that drew me in. C.S. Lewis, Asimov, J.R.R. Tolkien, and dozens of other Sci-Fi and Fantasy authors became my best friends. As I grew and read more, I dreamt of writing my own books. Of being able to provide escapism for others, even if only for a few hours. The first book I read, with a strange story that lived up to its name, put me on the path to being a published author. It has taken me over forty years, but the dream that started for a teen trying to find moments away from it all, has become a reality.
Describe your desk
I am one of the lucky ones that actually has a room set aside to write. But you are just as likely to find me in front of the TV, in the Family Room, typing away on my laptop. I have to have the TV on, music playing, or something in the background. Otherwise my mind can't focus. But back to my desk. I actually made it a few years ago. I couldn't find a desk that fit into the space I had, so I just cobbled together a frame, stained some sheets of wood, and had a piece of glass cut to put on top. I am a bit of neat freak, so I generally don't have papers spread all over it. If I need to arrange Plot Cards or layout manuscripts in stacks, I just use the floor. I could probably buy a newer desk, one that had more bells & whistles (like drawers), but I am comfortable with what I have. It's like me, thrown together from bits & pieces of a lot of different experiences.
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Series

Dragon-Called
The series opens with sixteen year old Princess Willoe and her twin brother, Rowyn. The youngest children of the crown prince, they were delivered as a surprise to him when toddlers. Their dead mother a mystery, their father’s secret, the twins share her distinctive flaming red hair and green eyes – a mark of evil. When the twins are being forced to accept conventional roles - Willoe would rather wield a sword than a needle, and Rowyn pursue a life of study - they decide, with the help of their cousins Aeron and Casandra, to take one last chance to experience their dreams. A plan that has potential if not for two opposing forces. One, foreign Priests who see the twins as the means to spread their dogma. The other, the Burning Lady, Goddess of the Spirit World, who requires the twins fulfill an ancient covenant between a distant ancestor and the dragons. The bond of four cousins is strong, but the true test comes when the price of the covenant becomes clear. Dragon-Called is an epic series. A wild adventure story of good vs evil, reminiscent of Lord of the Rings, with a multi-faceted set of characters and story lines along the lines of Game of Thrones.

Books

Betrayal of the Covenant (Dragon-Called) (Volume 2)
Series: Dragon-Called. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 234,030. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Twins, Willoe & Rowyn, continue their quest to find the Sword and the Staff, that will help them defeat the Shin-il Priest. The key to opposing the foreign Shin-il priests and taking back Taran lies in an all-out assault on Tierran's Wall - built to be impregnable, but an unimaginable betrayal may end the Covenant and destroy the twins ability to defeat the Great Evil, the Olcas Mogwai.
Fire of the Covenant (Dragon-Called) (Volume 1)
Series: Dragon-Called. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 194,320. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Royal brother and sister twins learn they are Dragon-Called and empowered with magical abilities that put them in a battle between evil priests, who want to use the twins in their quest for world domination, and the Burning Lady, who requires that the twins fulfill a covenant that an ancestor of the twins made with the dragons. If only the magic of the Covenant doesn't kill them first.

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