Verne R. Albright
Verne R. Albright grew up in the American West. At age nineteen, he took his first of sixty-five trips to Peru. He returned sometimes for business but primarily for the pure pleasure of being there. “Finding a true calling is a miracle many people never experience,” he says, “and Peru provided me with two. The first was Peruvian Paso horses, which I have promoted throughout the world. The second was Peru’s rich history and culture, which provided material to feed a more recent passion, writing historical fiction set in that nation’s fascinating past.” Albright makes his home in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, with his wife and five dogs.
I was blessed with an excellent team to assist and encourage me as I wrote the two-novel set composed of Playing Chess with God and The Wrath of God. Among those who contributed far above the call of duty were my good friends Mimi Busk-Downey, Henry F. Curry, Jr. M.D., Terry Ellis, Rhonda Hart, Lucille Rider, Babette Sparr, and Jan Swagerty; my creative brother-in-law, Charles Bazalgette; my exceptionally talented and sharp-eyed test reader, Tina Clavelle Meyer; my brothers–Deane, a very helpful test reader…Harold, generous with encouragement and suggestions…and Ralph, whose motivating support was always available when my spirits flagged or I needed help; my stepdaughter, Krista Weber, whose wonderful artistic instincts and tireless efforts were immensely helpful; my high school classmate, Kay Galbraith, who found time to help no matter how busy she was; my first editor, Michael Parrish, who passed away before the job was finished; my Rewrite Specialist Jean Jenkins (I’m sure few editors ever contribute as much to a book as she did to mine); and my Peruvian friend Robbie Watson, who said he’d help in any way possible and more than kept that promise. And last but not least, I’m grateful to my wife, Laurie, for putting up with me during those times when I was discouraged, crabby, and possibly even unbearable. — Verne R. Albright