About the Author
Frank Sherry is the author of both non-fiction and fiction books centered on the sea.
Frank's non-fiction works include "Pacific Passions", published by William Morrow. It tells the enthralling story of the European discovery and exploration of the Pacific Ocean.
A previous non-fiction work, "Raiders and Rebels" --- a rousing account of 18th Century piracy also published by Morrow --- was a major selection of the History Book Club. It has recently been re-issued by Harper Perennial and is available online and at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and other bookstores.
Before deciding to devote all his time to writing, Frank was journalist, political consultant, pollster, public relations executive and video producer.
He has also been a tireless traveler, sailor, scuba diver, and mountain trekker --- with a special fondness for what he calls "wild, bleak places".
As a young news reporter, Frank won several prestigious awards for his coverage of the civil rights struggles of the 1960's and 1970's. Among the major events he wrote about in those years were the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the "March on Washington" immortalized by Dr. Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech. Frank was also one of the first journalists to interview Malcolm X.
Following his journalism career, Frank served as a consultant in a number of political campaigns. During his years as a public relations executive he was most interested in the production of videos for major sports clients such as the New Jersey Sports Authority (The Meadowlands) and Monmouth Park Racetrack. His work in the field won a number of awards.
In addition to his writing, Frank often speaks on journalism and history. He has been a guest-lecturer at the University of New Mexico and elsewhere. He has also made guest appearances on many radio and television programs, including NBC's "Today Show" and PBS.
As might be expected, he is a devotee of sailing, especially when it can be combined with scuba diving in tropical waters. But he says that, for all his love of the sea, he is equally enamored of "mountains, deserts, and untamed places". In pursuit of adventure in such untamed places he has climbed and backpacked in the Himalayas, the Rockies, Nepal, the Salmon River country of Idaho, and the high desert of New Mexico.
Although much of his past work has been focused on the Age of Sail, Frank has recently decided to devote most of his creative time and talent to producing works of fiction.
Frank and his wife, Su, now reside in Missouri. They have a daughter, Diana, recently awarded her Ph.D. from Harvard University --- and now a professor at Emerson College in Boston, Mass.
Frank Sherry is a member of PEN and the Author's Guild of America.
Raiders and Rebels, A History of the Golden Age of Piracy
The most authoritative account of the rise and fall of the real "raiders and rebels" who terrorized the seas from 1692 to 1725.
The Devil’s Captain
The adventures of “Black Bart” Roberts the most dreaded pirate ever to sail the high seas!
The European struggle for power in the great ocean in the age of exploration.