Glen Peters was born in Allahabad, India, to a family originally from the city of Lucknow. His early childhood was spent living in a railway colony near Calcutta. After his family immigrated to the United Kingdom in the 1960s he attended university in London where he graduated in chemistry and was president of the students' union. He pursued a career in engineering management and become a partner in an international accounting firm. The idea of fictionalising some of the stories of his youth came to him during a sailing holiday when the starlit skies triggered childhood memories of the night skies over Calcutta. He is founder of Menter Rhosygilwen, a Pembrokeshire-based rural arts regeneration venture.