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Robert Preston Wells, Ph.D., is a native Californian who has led a peripatetic existence for decades, having lived for long periods of time in Los Angeles, Chicago, Edinburgh, Melbourne, Sydney, and San Francisco.
Graduating summa cum laude from UCLA, Dr. Wells attended graduate school at the University of Chicago (M.A.), then earned his doctorate in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. In Edinburgh he earned a postgraduate scholarship, and a Writer’s Bursary from the Scottish Arts Council for his poetry. He has taught undergraduate courses at UCLA, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Melbourne, and, most recently, Millikin University in Illinois.
Dr. Wells has worked variously as a rock ’n roll drummer and band manager in L.A. in the late 1960s, a director of a day car center for children, a librarian at a major university, an Assistant Professor of English, an editor and book publisher, a marketing director for a software company, a Classical music radio presenter, a Vice President of Sales and Marketing for IDC Australia – among other things.
But Dr. Wells spent most of his professional life as a senior executive in media, primarily the field of IT-related publishing, enjoying a front-row seat at the birth of the IT revolution that has, in one generation, fundamentally altered how mankind works, plays, and communicates. He has been Publisher of Australian Macworld Magazine, Mobile Business, and Upside Magazine, and a senior executive with Linux Magazine and Technology & Investing, Asia.
During his career Dr. Wells has been a publisher of books, magazines and newspapers, serving also as an editor and writer. As a senior manager in various publishing houses, he’s written every form of business communication known to man. He has also published scholarly works; and he is a published poet in the UK, authoring Journeyman: Selected Poems in 1983, also available as an eBook from online retailers.
Overlord / Underhand is his first novel. The prequel, Judith in Hell, is his second.
Dr. Wells and his wife Elizabeth now live happily in obscurity in the middle of the Midwest, where they serve as staff to an Alaskan Malamute and a Black Labrador, “Snow Dog and Regular Dog” to the neighborhood kids.