Pete was born and raised in Wallasey, England. He grew up less than a half mile from the banks of the River Mersey, where he lived with his father Bill, mother Sybil, and sister Karen. He remembers playing in the ruins and rubble of terraced houses that still remained after being bombed by the Luftwaffe during the Blitz of World War II. At age 7, he recalls going to the Gaumont, the local cinema to see one of his favorite movies, Twelve O’clock High with Gregory Peck. It told the story of the young Americans who flew the mighty B17 Flying Fortresses from Britain to the heart of Nazi Germany. He was in awe at the courage of the crews, young men far from home willing to lay down their lives so that Britain and Europe could live in freedom. It began an early fascination with America and Americans.
Pete has led an interesting life. In his early twenties, he and two friends combined their resources to purchase a Land Rover and headed overland to see the Great Pyramids of Egypt. Along the way, he picked grapes, waited tables, worked as a photographer, and tended bar. They made it as far as Crete before finally running out of money. They returned home, sold the Land Rover and tried again the following year. This time they used planes, trains, and buses and finally made it to the Pyramids.
The following summer in 1980, Pete and one of the same two friends, filled the last two remaining seats aboard a no-frills Freddy Laker Skytrain, and flew to Los Angeles, California, With a pocket full of dreams and $120 he had finally made it to California. Pete settled in the San Francisco Bay Area where he met his wife of 36 years, Taryn. They have a son together, Britton who lives in Utah.
Pete spent close to four decades enjoying a successful career in sales and living the American dream. During a Christmas visit with his family in England in 2017, his dad, Bill shared an idea for a book that he had in his mind for over ten years but was never able to join all the dots and complete it. Intrigued, Pete agreed to partner with him to complete the novel. It began quite an odyssey. He and Taryn traveled to Ireland, Wales, England, Scotland, Holland, Belgium, Norway, France, Italy, Germany, and Austria to gather research for the Jackboot. It took almost three years of being totally immersed in 1940 and a world at war, for him to finally make Bill’s dream a reality. The Jackboot is their first novel.
Now retired, he and Taryn live a quiet life on Florida’s Sun Coast, where they enjoy cooking, watching movies, traveling and riding their bicycles for miles along some of the world’s greatest beaches.