Burlington, Wisconsin, United States
Arthur Cola was born in Chicago in the “little Italy” neighborhood of the near west side of the city. His family moved to Oak Park, IL where he attended Oak Park-River Forest High School. While attending Loyola University, Chicago he met his future wife, Donna Shields. Together they have five now grown children and four grandchildren. He, his wife and family live in Wisconsin.
He has been an educator for 35 years. During that time he was a Teacher of History and a School Principal. Upon receiving his Master’s Degree he also served as a Lecturer for Barry University in Florida. His post graduate work concentrated on Educational administration and theology.
While performing his duties as a School Principal, he also began writing a “Movie Review” column with his daughter for a Wisconsin Newspaper. Also during those years he began adapting novels and plays for Jr. High School students to perform. He directed the productions and the music teacher coordinated the musical elements. One of those productions won the “Bicentennial Award” and was performed at McCormack Place in Chicago. Part of that award winning work was his original poetic reflection titled, “What is America?”
His literary works also include the children’s Christmas themed book, “Papa and the Gingerbread Man, An Adventure in America’s Oldest City©,” and the novel, “Papa and the Leprechaun King, The Secret Legend of the Shamrock.©”
His new epic novel is a historical fantasy. “The Shamrock Crown and the Legend of Excalibur”© takes a large mid-western family on a journey which takes them from Wisconsin to Ireland and Britain as they attempt to save two of the most famous relics from ancient Britain.
He has currently completed work on an epic novel titled, “The Stone Cutter Genius”©. This historical fantasy takes the main characters from “The Shamrock Crown and the Legend of Excalibur”© on a new quest to recover a missing artifact of the most famous family of Renaissance Italy. Along the way the heroes of the tale discover how the early life of the master artist, Michelangelo, was entwined with the Medici family of Florence, Italy in the 15th-16th Centuries and themselves…the Colonna family of the 21st Century.
Interests: My primary interest outside the family is traveling. Much of those travels include the family. I enjoy exploring cities like Chicago or New York and little villages or ruins in Ireland,Britain or Italy. Such explorations have inspired my writing ideas.
Published writer: Yes