Peter Greene is the author of The Adventures of Jonathan Moore a young adult series and its first two books
Skull Eye Island and Castle of Fire. Skull Eye Island has won the 2012 Clive Cussler Grand Master award sponsored by the Clive Cussler Collector's Society.
"A robust story of a young lad in the British navy during the Nelson years. A thorough insight and beautiful portrait of those days under wind blown sails and the creak of wooden hulls. Peter Greene has created a story that shines from every page. An excellent book. He truly nails an insight of nineteenth century sailing ships and their
crews." - Clive Cussler (yes, that Clive Cussler!)
The books are based in the early 1800's at the dawn of the Napoleon Wars, centered on the main character Jonathan Moore and his adventures on the sailing ship HMS Poseidon, a forty-four gun fighting frigate of the British Royal Navy. The volumes are age appropriate, no magic or vampires, and historically accurate.
Peter Greene was born in Glen Cove, Long Island, to artistic parents. He attended Warren Township High-School in Gurnee, Illinois and later graduated from Illinois State University with BS in Theatre and Speech Education. Moving to Los Angeles, Peter wrote a short sci-fi story called "The Education" that was re-written as a screenplay with Patrick Read Johnson and was eventually optioned by 20th Century Fox under the name "Fortress". In the mid to late eighties, various plays he penned were produced by small theatre companies, including a full blown musical using his original score, though his main focus was his business career and family. However, writing was always being done secretly and in his precious spare time. Three screen plays and stage plays were written and sat on a hard drive somewhere...many years passed.
In 2007, following a request by his wife to read a bedtime story to his two children, Peter decided to make one up on the spot, and Skull Eye Island was born. His wife urged him to create a novel of the story.
"I wanted to create a story that would be exciting for children and young adults, and one that was easy to read aloud. I also wanted to keep the adults interested so
that children could see their parents enjoying the story and see that reading is fun," said Greene. "That's how we create future readers, by setting an example."
Jonathan Moore, the hero of Skull Eye Island and Castle of Fire succeeds using courage, intelligence and determination. "I believe that is a wonderful lesson
for everyone: that they have it within themselves to do something great," says Greene. "No need to wait for a magical event or some strange relative to grant
you a bizarre power - we can succeed and excel with what we have inside ourselves."
Peter lives in Arizona, with his wife and two children.