The Author



Born in L.A., Nov. 27, 1941.
I’m currently writing my five book historical fiction series, two of which are available now: "Kalvarianhof, The Perilous Journey" and "The Storm That Shook The World’. Books 3 and 4, "An Incident in Africa" and "The Deluge" are works in progress, and book 5 is in the planning stages.

While my story has many dramatic adventurist tales, it is primarily about love, loyalty, and friendship. Kalvarianhof refers to the ancestral home of one of the main protagonists. It is central to all four books.

I grew up in Detroit, Cooley High School 1960; Military Police, U.S. Army 60 to 63 and Quinnipiac University in Conn; Western Michigan Univ., Kalamazoo, BS and MA 1967; Cranbrook Academy of Art, MFA, Bloomfield Hills, Mich., 1973. I was Assistant Prof. at Univ. of North Carolina, Charlotte, 73 to 78; Professor of Art, Evergreen Valley College, San Jose, Ca. 78 to 2004. I also taught one summer at Hust University, Wuhan, China.

I am married to Sandra Soellner and have a daughter Anna, and step son Lance and daughter Laurie. Sandra and I live in a Victorian home in downtown San Jose.

I was a founding partner Precious Objects Gallery, Los Gatos, Ca. 1980 to 2004. I served on the following boards: California Crafts Museum, S.F.; Society of North American Goldsmiths (treasurer); Retired Faculty Assoc. (vice pres.); Victorian Preservation Assoc., and the San Jose Arts Commission.

My interests: local public service, cycling, skiing, reading, movies, collecting 19th cent. militaria, Asian Art, and 19th & 20th century paintings. I travel to many sites featured in my books, including China, Japan, Russia, Africa, Middle East, Central America, England, Europe and Mediterranean countries.

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