Formerly a consultation-liaison psychiatrist, Peter J. Manos has an M.D. and Ph.D. in biology and was voted one of Seattle's top doctors seven years in a row by Seattle Magazine.  He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Colombia, training local high school biology teachers. He speaks Spanish, German, and a little English.

 He remains in regular contact with a  gecko-like extraterrestrial race which has fled its dying planet to blend into society in the little desert community of Prickly Pear, California. Some of these peaceable aliens make an appearance in his latest book

Dr. Manos is author of Care of the Difficult Patient: A Nurse’s Guide (with Joan Braun, R.N.), Lucifer’s Revenge, a novel of magical realism which takes place in Seattle, and most recently Dear Babalu: Letters to an Advice Columnist illustrated by Toby Liebowitz.