Author’s Biography


Jan Turk Petrie lives in the Cotswolds area of England (UK). She is the proud author of nine 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.

Jan’s latest novel – published May 2022 is Play For Time – the sequel to Running Behind Time – book 2 in the Cotswolds Time-slip Series.

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. I enjoy writing thrillers with a difference.

My first published novels – the three volumes that make up The Eldísvík Trilogy – are Nordic noir thrillers set fifty years in the future. Readers may be surprised that ‘Too Many Heroes’ is, by contrast, a period romantic thriller set in the 1950s. My next book – due out in 2020 – begins in the 1930s and is a psychological thriller with literary leanings.

Some people might see this as inconsistent but I prefer to keep challenging myself –  mix things up to keep my writing fresh. I’m a big fan of 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.

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