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 six 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 two of his novels, "The Stone Cutter Genius" and "The Brooch" and traveled extensively in Ireland and Britain researching cultural sites for his "Doonagore Theft Trilogy."

He has written over 20 books!

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