E. M. Albano was born in Philipsburg, Pennsylvania. After an unsuccessful first year of studies at the Pennsylvania State University, he pursued a career as an Arthur Murray dance instructor. Two years later, he enlisted and spent 2 ½ years of a three year term with the US Army in France where he became enamored with the city of Paris. After returning to the states he found a new profession in real estate and was married for twelve years. Shortly after his divorce, he re-entered university studies and earned his undergraduate degree in 1987 and his Master Degree in Humanities the following year--both from Penn State University. His off-campus studies have included research in journalism in London, studies in French grammar in Paris, and condensed studies of the Italian language in Perugia, Italy. The author has traveled extensively including trips to the former Soviet Union, Japan, and most recently South America. He admits to gaining most of his inspiration for writing in Paris where he occupies a rented studio each year. This is the author’s fifth novel.