Peter W. J. Hayes was born in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England, on April 11, conveniently between lunch and teatime, as his mother is fond of saying. He spent his early years living in Newcastle and Paris, France, before his family immigrated to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the 1960s.
During eighth grade Peter’s English teacher introduced a weekly writing contest, and he soon decided to become a novelist, despite never winning the weekly contest.
During college Peter gravitated to the study of Chinese and Japanese history, and following college he studied Mandarin Chinese for five years, including a year of study in Taiwan and a summer spent backpacking through Mainland China.
Returning to Pittsburgh with a handwritten draft of his first novel, Peter took creative writing classes at the University of Pittsburgh and was soon asked to join a weekly writing group led by a creative writing professor. He remained a member of that group for fifteen years and published two short stories in literary magazines that, thankfully, no longer exist. Fortunately, that first handwritten novel was misplaced.
During those years Peter also worked as a stringer for two Pittsburgh newspapers and was a business writer for a market research firm, then accepted a position in a local company’s marketing communications department. In that role he wrote advertising, direct mail and public relations copy.
Peter then joined the marketing department of a Pittsburgh FORTUNE 500 company and rose to Director of Marketing. Six years later that company merged with a Wall Street investment firm, and Peter was promoted to Chief Marketing Officer of the new entity, with responsibility for all global marketing activities. He held that position for almost six years, before being asked to retire as part of a corporate downsizing effort.
Finally able to write on a regular schedule, he has published a number of short stories in various on-line and print publications, won or been shortlisted for several writing awards, and is currently working on the novels of his Pittsburgh Trilogy. Peter and his wife, Sono, now live just outside Pittsburgh in the village of Sewickley, where he tries to write every day, conveniently between lunch and teatime.