RON SINGERTON BIOGRAPHY
After graduating from California State University at Long Beach in 1965, Ron Singerton joined the US Army Security Agency and spent his overseas time in Asia. The following twenty-five years were devoted to teaching history and art in Southern California high schools, where he developed a particular love for writing and historical research.
During the early 1980s, Singerton authored a series, Moments in History, of some thirty minibooks on legendary people and events ranging from Columbus to the moon landing. The books were adopted as supplementary teaching material for the State of California and approved by the Los Angeles school board as a teaching aid. Published by Santillana, the original editions are considered collector's items.
An avid horseman and saber fencer with a special interest in the American Civil War, Singerton "heard the bugle and the sound of the drums" and became a reenactor riding with the Union cavalry in dozens of engagements from California to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Always interested in an exciting but obscure story, Singerton conducted historical research that meandered from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries back to the ancient world. "Technology of the past often appears elementary to us," he explains. "The emotions do not." For him the thoughts of peoples long past, as well as civilizations now little more than ruins, still evolve into a pageant of love, intrigue, and dire conflict—nothing less than a shadowed mirror of our own world. Through the writings of Plutarch, Pliny, and Julius Caesar, Singerton uncovered an epic event that would take him from Rome in the last days of the Republic to the Great Wall of China. After years of research the tale became the foundation of two novels: Villa of Deceit and its sequel,The Silk and the Sword.
Ron Singerton is also a professional artist, working in glass, stone, paint, and bronze. He and his wife, Darla, own and create works for their art gallery, Singerton Fine Arts, in Idyllwild, California.