After graduation from university in 1979, Morwood took a position in the UK's Civil Service as a clerk working for the Customs and Excise. During this period he began work on his first novel, which he submitted and sold in 1982. He adopted the pen name "Peter Morwood" in honor of his mother, whose maiden name was Morwood. (He legally changed his surname to match the pen name in the mid-1980s.) His second and third novels were published in 1984 and 1986.
At a science fiction convention in Glasgow, Scotland in 1985, Morwood was introduced by author Anne McCaffrey to his future wife, the fantasist and science fiction writer Diane Duane. After several more meetings and a brief courtship, Morwood asked Duane to marry him, and they celebrated their engagement at the World Science Fiction Convention in Atlanta, Georgia. Morwood then returned to Northern Ireland to complete his term of employment in the Civil Service, and resigned his post in December 1986. Shortly thereafter he relocated to Los Angeles, California, where Duane was working for the animation studio DiC. They were married at the New England regional science fiction convention, Boskone, on February 15, 1987. Later in 1987, Morwood and Duane relocated briefly to Scotland, and then, after a short period spent roving the United Kingdom, to County Wicklow in Ireland, where the two of them currently reside.
A fifth book (tentatively titled The Shadow Lord) and a sixth (title as yet indeterminate) are projected.
The four Horse Lords novels have recently been reissued by DAW Books in a pair of two-book omnibus volumes:
In Volume 2, the novel previously published as The Warlord's Domain has been restored to its intended title, The War Lord.
The Clan Wars sequence is (so far) a pair of prequels, telling the story of how the Clan Lords (including Aldric Talvalin's remote ancestors) invaded the land of Alba, settled it, and eventually came to dominate it.
A third volume (tentatively titled Cradlesong) is projected.
A fourth volume, The Blue Kremlin, is projected.
He has also collaborated on one with Diane Duane (this novel was written during their honeymoon):
The Space Cops sequence:
In 1999, Morwood began development work along with Duane on a live-action retelling of one of the great German epics, the Nibelungenlied. The script they wrote between late 2002 and mid-2003 was produced as a miniseries for the German satellite network Sat.1 by Tandem Communications of Munich, in association with Sony/Columbia Pictures. Directed by Uli Edel, the miniseries, under the title Die Nibelungen, won a DIVA Award for best German movie-for-TV of 2004. A feature version, entitled Sword of Xanten in the UK, screened there late in 2004; a "megafeature" cut of the entire miniseries aired on Channel Four television in the UK in December 2005.
The miniseries had its premiere USA airing on the Sci-Fi Channel in late March 2006 under the title Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King. It has also been released on DVD in the US and many other markets, under various titles (the previous US title is Curse of the Ring.)
Teuton tale tackled: Loken, Witt set for 'Ring Cycle' adaptation.(World News)(cast and crew set for film adaptation, 'The Ring')(Brief Article)
Nov 13, 2003; BERLIN--Kristanna Loken ("Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines Benno Furmann ("The Order") and Alicia Witt ("Two Weeks Notice")...