Author’s Biography


Jan Turk Petrie lives in the Cotswolds area of England (UK). She is the proud author of ten published novels beginning with the future-world, fast paced thriller series The Eldísvík Trilogy. (Pintail Press)

Until The Ice Cracks – the first volume of Jan’s gripping Nordic noir thrillers was published in July 2018. The story continues in Volume Two – No God for a Warrior – published in November 2018, and reaches its stunning conclusion in the third and final volume – Within Each Other’s Shadow – published in April 2019

Jan has written two stand-alone thrillers set mainly in the 1950s. Too Many Heroes – which was published by Pintail Press in July 2019.Towards the Vanishing Pointwas published by Pintail Press in January 2020 

The Truth in a Lie – was a departure as Jan’s first domestic drama novel, this time with a contemporary setting. 

With the publication of Running Behind Time ,in March 2021Jan changed genre again to write her first time-slip novel set in 2020/the early 1980s. Although intended as a standalone novel, it later became Book 1 in the Cotswolds Time-slip series.  

In autumn 2021,  ‘Still Life with a Vengeance’ a contemporary domestic drama was published.

Play For Time –  published May 2022 is book 2 in the Cotswolds Time-slip Series.

Turn Back Time – published January 2023 – is book 3 in the Cotswolds Time-slip series.

Jan is currently working on Book 4 of the series, which begins in 2036

A former English teacher with an MA in creative writing from the University of Gloucestershire, Jan has also written numerous, prize-winning short stories.

Before becoming a writer, I was an English teacher in inner city London. For a time I worked in a specialist unit for teenagers excluded from mainstream school and later taught English as foreign language to overseas students of all ages.

Aside from writing, I’m a visual artist and maintain a studio in the Cotswold town of Painswick. I’ve exhibited in London and all over southern England. Most of my large, semi-abstract paintings are in private collections.

Until recently I lived on a smallholding with my husband. We kept a flock of rare breed sheep as well as hens, pigs and goats. I have a certificate in animal husbandry and have delivered lambs and bottle-fed them when it was necessary.

“I like to challenge myself in my writing and always try to come up with something original.”

Some people might see this as inconsistent but I prefer to mix things up to keep my writing fresh. I’m a big fan of amongst many others Margaret Atwood, Kate Atkinson, Philip Roth, Kurt Vonnegut and Jennifer Egan because they are not just great writers but they are/were prepared to take risks in their writing.”

Find me on Twitter: @ TurkPetrie.

My author facebook page: Here