"Robert has taken his deep knowledge and love of the Byzantine Empire along with some very interesting characters to make for a captivating story. I enjoyed this book cover to cover. I can't wait for the movie."
I am an American author of historical fiction, most well known for my debut novel Empire Resurgent.
I was born in Detroit but left with my parents after the riots of 1968 drove them to Minnesota. I grew up and spent my childhood days playing ice hockey, collecting stamps, and running cross-country. I was active in politics at a young age and I recall playing the role of Jimmy Carter during a mock debate before the 1976 presidential election. My dad was the mayor of my town.
After graduating from high school, I went to a liberal arts school where I studied Greek and Roman history. I spent my junior year at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, where I studied philosophy and classical languages.
After graduating, I went to a major seminary where I began studies in Sacred Scripture and theology. After leaving the seminary, I took a job with the CIA as an intelligence officer and developed a fascination with political intrigue. I got married and recently celebrated my thirtieth wedding anniversary. I served in several overseas assignments, including one country that was once part of the Eastern Roman Empire. It was there that I gained a love for the region's hospitality and tradition of toasting.
I have travelled extensively throughout the countries that once constituted the Roman Empire and spent a great deal of time in Rome and Istanbul, where my three-part historical fiction series takes place.