Bio: Steve Bartholomew (called ?Bart? by everyone except the IRS) resides in the small town of Lakeport, California. He chose this place to live because, if not the most beautiful place in the world, it was the best he had yet seen. He moved there after a lifetime spent in big cities, mainly New York and San Francisco. He describes himself as a ?recovering social worker.? He spent a lot of time in places like East Harlem and the Tenderloin. One lesson he learned from this experience is that there's no such thing as an ordinary person.
He also spent a lot of time studying history and archeology, both of which are about people. He was a member of the Epigraphic Society and had several articles published about ancient artifacts. He's also an active member of the Lake County, California Historical Society. Nowadays, he spends his time looking for petroglyphs and studying more history. He has discovered that the most fantastic tales are the ones that really happened.
Joshua Norton is bankrupt and desperate in antebellum San Francisco at a time when the whole nation seems to have gone mad. He discovers that madness is a viable option, and so becomes Joshua Norton I, dei gratia Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico; a position many people of the city happily accept. He soon discovers, however, that even with the power of monarchy he cannot cure the unhappiness of the country or of himself. How can he help Marina, who wishes only to sing, or Sop... more info>>