Presenter: Bob Masello, best selling author
“Our guest today, Robert Masello is an award-winning journalist, television writer, and the author of many bestselling novels and nonfiction books.
He was first inspired by his mother, an occasional columnist for the Chicago Daily News, where he grew up. When he was young, he noticed that she would write short columns, send them to the newspaper, and receive in return a $25 savings bond for each one taken. Now that he knew where the real money was, he was determined to embark on his own career in writing and publishing.
He prepared for his career by studying writing at Princeton University, under the novelists Robert Stone and Geoffrey Wolff, then launched himself into the world of newspaper and magazine journalism in New York. Among his career highlights was interviewing Donald Trump in 1983 for a profile in “Town and Country” Magazine. Trump was then merely a young, brash, New York City developer, and Robert was one of the first reporters to be insulted to his face by the future President. He worries that he was the one who started the White House’s current antagonistic relationship with the press.
He was also a regular columnist for Mademoiselle and Glamour Magazines, where his job was to explain men to women, a thankless task if ever there was one. He’s still explaining today.
Among his many historically-based novels are BLOOD AND ICE, THE ROMANOV CROSS, THE MEDUSA AMULET, THE JEKYLL REVELATION, and THE EINSTEIN PROPHECY, which held onto the number one spot in the Amazon Kindle store for several weeks straight, a couple of years ago. It was finally bumped off its perch by a new, ballyhooed novel about a watchman, of all things, written by some Johnny-Come-Lately from the South, named Harper Lee. Who is that guy anyway?
He is also the author of several popular books about writing and the creative process, including ROBERT’S RULES OF WRITING, which was chosen as a Back-to-School Essential by Barnes and Noble, and has been adopted in many college classrooms across the nation. All told, his books have been translated into sixteen languages.
A frequent speaker and panelist on writing and publishing, he served as the Visiting Lecturer in Literature at Claremont McKenna College for six years, and has also taught at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, UC Irvine, Pace University, The New York University Publishing Program, etc.
Today, he lives in Santa Monica, a few blocks from the beach, and sometimes baby-sits the neighbor’s cat. Although he is currently writing a new novel set in late nineteenth-century London, he is confident that he has already met his main goal in life – never to wake up to an alarm clock.
I give you, and we’re glad to have him, Robert Masello.”