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 35 years. 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 post graduate work concentrated on Educational administration and theology. He studied in Rome at the Loyola University Campus while conducting research for his current work, “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, takes place.
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. One of those productions won the “Bicentennial Award” and was performed at McCormick Place in Chicago. Part of that award winning work was his original poetic reflection titled, “What is America?”
His fourth novel, THE BROOCH, picks up where The Stone Cutter Genius left off.
It’s a tale of self-awareness, acceptance, tolerance, and above all love in all its forms.
“Love” comes to us in many ways. In this story we see six sons coming to grips with a collision of love, history, faith and art which had its roots in Renaissance Italy and comes to affect the lives of the Colonna family in touching, violent, intriguing, inspiring, funny, vengeful and unselfish ways. Those bonds of love and the struggles as they develop parallel one of the great artist’s of Renaissance Italy, Michelangelo. Torn between the love of his life long friend, Francesco Granacci and that of the only woman he ever loved, Vittoria Colonna, the artist, called Il Divino, must deal with his heart and his art as a reflection of love and faith. So too do the six sons reflect that same struggle as one desperately hangs on to boyhood until love hits him in the heart, another denies who he is and strives to come out of his brother’s shadow, a third lashes out at what he doesn’t understand because he doesn’t want to admit that the love he feels isn’t the normal he has been taught, the fourth uses humor to hide his feelings as he combats intolerance to prove that a gay dude can be just one of the guys, the fifth separates himself from his heritage only to come to realize through the love of his wife that it is precious and worth saving and the sixth burns with hate and revenge choosing a self-destructive path to destroy the very symbol of Divine and Human Love.
All of this is set in an adventure taking the reader from Britain to Italy as a thief must be found, a plot to destroy the very essence of love as represented in The Brooch must be foiled, a theory must be proved and a message must be presented to the world which has waited five hundred years to be rediscovered.
Author's note: We don’t always understand how “Love” comes to us or why it’s arrives one way for one person and another way for others. We do, however, have the ability to share love, reject love, and accept love and that my friend is “amore.”
Books by Arthur Cola: Children's Book: - Papa and the Gingerbread Man,an Adventure in Americas Oldest City. (www.amazon.com/arthurcola) Novels: - Papa and the Leprechaun King, the Secret Legend of the Shamrock. - The Shamrock Crown and the Legend of Excalibur. - The Stone Cutter Genius (An epic Historical Fiction for 2011)