Peter Jordan Drake was born and raised in Kansas and Texas. He lives in New York City with his family, where he works in education. In the tradition of continuing oral histories, the story behind Beast of the Field was handed down to Peter from his grandmother, her sister Ada, Peter’s parents and many aunts and uncles. Through family albums, genealogy records and local newspapers, the story that gave birth to Beast of the Field was passed on to a new generation. Beast of the Field is Peter’s first novel and has sold over 30,000 print and electronic copies worldwide.