B i o g r a p h y

Peter Orullian was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. As a kid, he could be found making up stories, writing songs, or involved in a pick-up game of just about anything.

 

In High School, Peter played varsity athletics, served in student government, sang with the school acapella choir, and graduated class valedictorian.

In college, Peter joined a performing and recording rock band at the same time he finished his Honors thesis—a fictional work entitled SKINWALKER. That year, he graduated magna cum laude from the University of Utah with an Honors B.A. in English, with a writing emphasis, and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Societies.

Two years later, he moved to Seattle, Washington to begin serious, classical vocal study with famed maestro David Kyle--vocal trainer to Geoff Tate of Queensryche, Ann Wilson of Heart, and Layne Staley of Alice in Chains, just to name a few.

 

Over the next four years, he continued his music study and began increasingly to spend his discretionary time writing. During those first years in Seattle, Peter worked for a small press as editor for a New York Times bestselling writer. He also worked as a journalist, authoring a column on voice for Progression Magazine in which he interviewed and profiled some of the great voices in rock and metal music.

Peter later began working at Microsoft in the Xbox division. There he worked on several teams, launching multiple products and services. During his stint with Microsoft, he continued to be active musically, releasing a number of CDs with various musicians and winning along the way the Private Eye Best Male Vocalist Award. A single from one of those releases reached #2 on a popular rock music website.

In 2006, Peter sold his first short story to a Denise Little anthology, and has since sold numerous short stories. Then, in early 2009, Tor Books purchased the first three books in an epic fantasy series entitled The Vault of Heaven.

About that same time, Peter began the first of several international tours, primarily to Europe, to front rock and metal bands like Heir Apparent and Fifth Angel as lead vocalist. 

In 2016, Peter was selected to write the novel to progressive metal giant Dream Theater's concept album The Astonishing. And the following year, he began work on The Bell Ringer--a project so far comprised of: a complete novel (currently on submission through his literary agent), and a complete rock opera comprised of 24 song songs, featuring former recording and/or touring members of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and current members of Dream Theater. 

Peter lives in the Pacific Northwest.

© 2019 by Peter Orullian