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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Wallace Jan Ecklof grew up in a one square mile honky-tonk community on the Jersey shore, and graduated high school in 1965 during the height of the Viet Nam War.
He started working as a Roller Derby skater, a lobsterman, and then a cowboy in South Dakota for two years on a horse and cattle ranch. He then attended college studying for a degree in business and literature. His father wished he follow the path of other male family members and work for Prudential Insurance Company, while his mother wanted him to pursue something scholarly in Art or Literature.
He married while still in college and the birth of the first of three sons, Shawn, Shannon, and Patrick put his college career on hold. His need to support his family would mean the pursuit of literary interests would have to wait.
He worked in retail and insurance, obtained his real estate license then managed a large real estate office in Middletown N.J. for twelve years. During this time his marriage ended in divorce.
A new chapter emerged in his life. Wallace ran into his childhood sweetheart who encouraged him to pursue his real calling, writing and his intense love of animals. He then remarried and decided to take a chance and purchase a small bankrupt pet store in Red Bank N.J. He used his education in literature and love of animals to write interesting ad copy and his company soon became a small chain. The company extended from New Jersey to South Eastern Florida and in 1988 he relocated to Palm Beach County, Florida. Wallace retired in Nineteen Ninety Six.
Since arriving in Florida he had been financial contributor to Horses for the Handicap and experienced first-hand what these big beautiful animals could do for people with disabilities especially children. It was at this juncture in his life that the inspiration for the Last Celtic Angel came to him. While observing people with physical and emotional handicaps receiving equine training plus his years as a ranch hand and a life-long love of everything equine all combined to inspire his writing.
For twenty years Wallace lived in and around Wellington, Florida where he honed his equine skills by competing in the many horse events held in one of the nation’s top equestrian areas. With the demise of his wife in 2006 he then returned to New Jersey, where he now resides.