• About the Author…

    Richard Setlowe

    Richard Setlowe's first novel The Brink—based on his experiences as a naval officer aboard the USS Midway in the Far East—was critically acclaimed as "the classic novel of the Era of Undeclared War." It was a finalist for the Ernest Hemingway Award for First Novels. His subsequent novels, The Experiment, The Haunting of Suzanna Blackwell, The Black Sea and The Sexual Occupation of Japan—each fusing contemporary themes with spellbinding suspense—constitute an original body of work, as Booklist noted, "elevating the genre… knots ahead and a few fathoms deeper than much of his competition in the adventure-thriller field."

    But Setlowe is not to be labeled as a genre writer of thrillers. John Chancellor, the late NBC News anchorman, commented, "The Brink is a vivid and frightening description of something very few people have ever experienced: actually taking the nuclear bombs to the brink of war." The Black Sea was a nominee for the PEN West Literary Award in Fiction. Reviewing his fifth and most recent novel, Asian-American writer Lisa See commented, "Richard Setlowe's The Sexual Occupation of Japan takes off where Michael Crichton's Rising Sun left off. Masquerading as a thriller, this is a layered story of how love, hate, mistakes, and good deeds can cause ripples across time and history."

    The Pacific Rim—spanning from Los Angeles to Singapore—haunted by the wars of the last half-century, with its violent collisions of East and West, high tech and ancient mysticism, is the locale and grist of Setlowe's work. His novels have been translated into a dozen languages.

    His stage play, The Apple That Fell Far From the Tree, was produced at the East West Players' David Henry Hwang Theater in Los Angeles in May 2007. Norma Jean & Johnny  was staged at the Blank Theatre in Hollywood in March 2010.


    Richard Setlowe's press card

    Before devoting full-time to writing novels, Rick Setlowe worked as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner, a correspondent for Time, and an award-winning TV news producer in Los Angeles. Drawing on his flight experience in the Navy, he also served as Press and TV Director for the first National Air Races staged in Reno, Nevada in l964.

    Rick was the San Francisco correspondent for Variety, reviewing drama, movies, music, writing the popular Babylon by the Bay column, then transferred to Los Angeles as the Show Biz Bible's primary film critic. He segued from that post to VP of creative affairs of ABC Pictures, and during his watch the network's production company produced feature films—notably Cabaret, Straw Dogs, and Kotch—that earned 15 Academy Award nominations, including Best Screenplay and Best Picture, won eight Oscars and two consecutive Writers Guild Screen Awards.

    He frequently contributes to the Los Angeles Times

    Richard Setlowe is honored in Who's Who In Entertainment.

    Rick was born in New York City, and lived as a youth in Tennessee, Atlantic City and Long Island. He originally attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to study engineering—sparking his fascination with technology—but transferred on a Navy scholarship to the University of Southern California, graduating with a B.A. in social studies and a regular commission as a Navy officer. As his career and writing evolved, he later did post-grad work at Stanford, University of California Berkeley, UCLA and Charles University in Prague, eventually returning to his alma mater USC to earn a Masters in Professional Writing with a double major in Fiction and Drama/TV/Cinema with Phi Kappa Phi honors. For 15 years Setlowe taught in the UCLA Extension Writers' Program, where his courses and seminars often had waiting lists of students.

    Rick resides in Los Angeles, the locale of his next novel This City of Angels… and Demons. He lived with his wife Beverly in the Toluca Lake area until her death in 2012.