PETER GRAY BIO
Peter Gray is a Cockney baby boomer born in South London and was educated at the University of East Anglia and Durham University before emigrating to Australia in 1973. He has a PhD in engineering from Wollongong University and spent most of his professional career working as a geotechnical engineer for the Broken Hill Proprietary Company Ltd, the largest mining company in the world. Peter's worked on a wide range of mining projects in Australia, USA, and Mexico. In 1998 he set up his own engineering consultancy business developing innovative products to support the roof and walls of mines and tunnels, and has over a dozen patents on new technologies including one which is in the Power House Museum in Sydney.
Throughout his professional career, Peter has written countless technical reports where language is important, but the reports were mostly dry engineering text.
He often thought that these dry technical reports could be turned into much more interesting fictional thrillers, and this sparked an interest in writing a novel, but it took a friend to finally convince him to actually do it (thank you so much Lyn Moorhouse).
The result was Peter’s first thriller, ‘Rough Cut’ – about a boy from South London, Charlie Robertson, being sent away to Australia in the war to escape the Nazi bombing raids in 1940, but then discovering pink diamonds and overcoming great tragedy, corrupt banking conglomerates, South African killers and an ex-Stasi Colonel, to build a diamond empire. This was followed by the sequel ‘Brilliant Cut’ where Charlie Robertson’s diamond business gets bigger but so do his enemies – and the latest book in the series, ‘The President’s Cut’ where Charlie’s daughter is kidnapped along with the daughter of the President of the United States.
Peter has also written three children's books about dinosaurs, which he originally wrote for his grandchildren.
He also lectures at Wollongong University in New South Wales on engineering presentations and public speaking.