About the Author and Screenplay Writer: ARTHUR COLA
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 now live in Wisconsin.
He has been an educator for 35years. During that time he was a Teacher of History and a School Principal. Upon receiving his Master’s Degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, he also served as a Lecturer for Barry University in Florida. His postgraduate work concentrated on Educational administration and theology. He studied in Rome at the Loyola University Campus while conducting research for his book, “The Stone Cutter Genius” and traveled extensively in Ireland and Britain researching cultural sites and folklore for his other novels.
Through Bon Voyage Travel (firstname.lastname@example.org)readers may form groups or join a current group to accompany the author to Ireland, Britain or Italy visiting all the sites where the action in his novels take place.
His literary works also include the children’s Christmas themed book, “Papa and the Gingerbread Man, An Adventure in America’s Oldest City©.” In this tale the famous cookie man is sought out by “Papa” through the streets of St. Augustine, Florida. He wishes to invite him to his grandchildren’s school Christmas party. As the chase takes place the children will be introduced to some of the most famous landmarks of early America such as Castillo San Marcos and St. Augustine Cathedral, unique restaurants such as the Columbia, and sea faring adventures on the schooner Freedom.
His first book for older folks is titled “Papa and the Leprechaun King, The Secret Legend of the Shamrock.©” In this tale a group of American tourists in Ireland find out that the Realm of the Wee Folk are real and end up embarking upon a quest to solve a 1500 year old mystery while saving the Leprechaun King. In the process the reader is introduced to the wonders and folklore of Ireland and the secret of the Shamrock which is sure to not only delight but also uplift the reader. It is also a wonderful introduction to traveling in present day Ireland.
The second book is an historical fantasy. “The Shamrock Crown (Legend of Excalibur).”© ISBN: 978-1-58982-619-9. This tale takes a large mid-western family on a journey from Wisconsin to Ireland and Britain as they attempt to save the most famous relics of ancient Camelot. The reader will encounter the Legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table in a way slightly different from that of Mark Twain in his tale of “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.” Arthur Cola has the family encounter the legendary characters of Camelot in the 21 Century. Together they join forces to preserve the symbol of the most important “Message” of our time and all time.
His third novel is an epic legendary tale titled, “The Stone Cutter Genius”©. This historical fiction epic with elements of the supernatural is about a teacher in Chicago, who seeks only to present the Life and Times of the Renaissance artist Michelangelo. He takes his two teen sons and his class to Italy to follow in the artist’s footsteps. Under the guise of the tour they embark on a quest to recover a missing artifact of the most famous family of Renaissance Italy while uncovering the mystery of the Legend of the Magi Ring (said to possess supernatural powers). 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 15-16 Centuries and now themselves…the Colonna family of the 21 Century. It is a novel blending Renaissance history, mystery, political intrigue, adventure and a bit of romance too in the present day, while finding yourself in a nostalgic romp in Chicago, a magical encounter in Wales, a mysterious revelation in London, a Hollywood type premiere in Dublin and thrilling experiences in Florence, Rome and the Isle of Capri as you’ve never seen them before.
My fourth novel, THE BROOCH, picks up where The Stone Cutter Genius left off in this tale of six sons whose lives become intertwined as they attempt to bring a message of love left by the Renaissance artist, Michelangelo, in his works of art. It's story is one of tolerance, acceptance and above all, love in all its aspects. With glimpses into the struggle Michelangelo has with himself for the only woman he ever loved (Vittoria Colonna) and his life long friend and fellow artist, Francesco Granacci. The plot unfolds when a theft takes place in Wales and brings the Colonna family and the six young men to Italy as they seek out that message of love for the world. This tale with touching coming of age scenes, thrilling confrontations in the Roman Forum, plots of intrigue and escape, bonds of friendships forming, and the often humorous and tender scenes of loving relationships growing will make you smile, gasp and blush.
My fifth novel: Stolen Christmas is a family friendly tale set in the heart of Chicago's "Little Italy" neighborhood. A truly heartwarming tale ideal for the Holidays you will enter a magical adventure which takes a young Hispanic boy and his teen sister and her secret Italian-American boyfriend on a whirlwind quest with a white bearded stranger to save their Church. A large corporation holds the land rights lease and seeks to take over the parish property and demolish the Church the day after Christmas despite the efforts of the Pastor to prevent them from doing so. All seems to be lost until Mr. Nick arrives in the lives of the young people and soon their family and friends, indeed the entire city comes to experience the miracle of "Christmas Love."
Speaking of Christmas, I have a children's book which is sure to delight the young people in your family. "Papa and the Gingerbread Man" is a fantasy adventure which takes place in America's oldest city, St. Augustine, Florida. Papa receives a pleading call from his grandchildren who are desperate to invite the famous cookie man to their school's Christmas party. And so the chase begins in the streets of the old city and amongst its most iconic sites of early American history.
I have also adapted my books into screenplays and invite film professionals to contact me about them.
Stolen Christmas: A young boy seeking to save his church from destruction by enacting a dastardly deed meets a white bearded stranger who leads him on a merry adventure in Chicago.
The Ring of the Magi: A teacher and his two teen sons learn of the Ring of the Magi legend and its supernatural powers which can control the very soul of young people. Based on my novel: The Stone Cutter Genius.
The Brooch: A message of love hidden from the world for 500 years is brought to light as six sons attempt to discover its origins in the art masterpieces of Michelangelo in Florence and in Rome.
The Shamrock Crown: The Colonna family embark of a quest to find the most precious relics of ancient Camelot when they come face to face with the reality of the legend.
The Leprechaun King: American tourists in Ireland find that the realm of the Wee Folk is real and find themselves involved in a 1500 year old mystery which when solved would save the magical powers of the Leprechaun King.