Ron Singerton


After graduating from California State University at Long Beach in 1965, Ron Singerton joined the U.S. Army Security Agency and spent his overseas time in Asia.
The following twenty-five years were devoted to teaching history and art in Southern California High schools where he developed a particular love for writing and historical research.
During the early 1980s, he authored a series, “Moments in History”, of some thirty mini books on famous legendary people and events ranging from Columbus to the moon landing. The books were adopted as supplementary teaching material for the State of California and approved by the Los Angeles School board as a teaching aid. Published by Santillana Publishing Company, the original ones are considered collectors’ items.
An avid horseman and saber fencer with a special interest in the American Civil War, he “heard the bugle and the sound of the drums” and became a re-enactor riding with the Union cavalry in dozens of engagements from California to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Always interested in an exciting but obscure story, his historical research meandered from the nineteenth and twentieth Century back to the ancient world. Singerton once said, “Technology of the past often appears elementary to us, the emotions do not.” For the writer, the thoughts of peoples long past, as well as civilizations now little more than sand pitted ruins, still evolve into a pageant of love, intrigue and dire conflict. “It is nothing less than a shadowed mirror of our own world.”
Through the writings of Plutarch, Pliny and Julius Caesar he uncovered an epic event that would take him from Rome in the last days of Republic to the Great Wall of China. After years of research the tale became the gist of a two volume novel: The Villa of Deceit and The Silk and the Sword.
Ron is also a professional artist who, with his wife Darla, owns and creates works for their art gallery, Singerton Fine Arts, in Idyllwild, California, where he works in glass, stone, paint and bronze.

Where to buy in print


A Cherry Blossom in Winter
Price: $6.00 USD. Words: 109,430. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2017 by Penmore Press LLC. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Amid the rising storm of revolution at home, Alexei returns to St. Petersburg to become a naval officer. A deadly rivalry with another cadet, a dangerous family secret, and friendships with revolutionaries imperil his career – and his life.
Villa of Deceit
Price: $5.50 USD. Words: 175,500. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2017 by Penmore Press LLC. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Historical » Ancient
Rome, 70 B.C.E. A house in turmoil: a controlling father, an adulterous mother, and an angry son made reckless by a forbidden love, Young Gaius defies his father Toronius, fleeing with a slave girl whom he marries, only to see her die in childbirth. Disinherited and grieving, Gaius leaves his infant son Tacitus behind with a trusted aunt and devotes his life to the sword.
The Silk and The Sword
Price: $5.50 USD. Words: 127,090. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2017 by Penmore Press LLC. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Classical Greece & Rome, Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure
Rome, 71 B.C.E, Young Tacitus, torn from the girl he loves and accused of defiling his late mother’s temple, is dragooned into the Roman army by his father Gaius, a bitter and unbending Centurion. With his father and seven legions, he joins General Marcus Crassus in an ill-fated attack on the sprawling Parthian Empire. His fate is sealed.

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