Bio: Frank Lauria was born in Brooklyn, New York and graduated from Manhattan College. He He has written articles and reviews for various magazines and is a published poet and songwriter. He lives in San Francisco where he teaches creative writing. He has worked in the publishing industry in several capacities and currently has a sideline as a driver for authors doing book and media tours in and around San Francisco. He has been publishing novels for almost forty years and has published seventeen, including five bestsellers.
He lived through and participated in the Beat era, met Jack Kerouac and most of the other well-known people associated with the movement. Lauria moved to Northern California almost twenty years ago but still functions as a citizen of the world. He blogs regularly on the products available in the ever-growing number of legalized medical marijuana shops in the Bay Area and uses that same blog to publish installments in his autobiographical journey through the cultural past of the 1950's, 1960's and 1970's.
He is perhaps best-known for the seven volumes of the Doctor Orient series. Doctor Orient is a delver into mystery and the arcane, a knowledgeable man on all subjects occult and unknown and a seeker of truth on all planes of existence. His adventures take him around the world and into the depths of psychic and spiritual challenge and adventure. The books in he series are: DOCTOR ORIENT (1971), RAGA SIX (1972), LADY SATIVA (1973), Baron Orgaz (1974), THE PRIESTESS (1978), THE SETH PAPERS (1979) and BLUE LIMBO (1991). An eighth Doctor Orient novel (as yet untitled) is currently in the works.
Lauria has also written a number of tie-in novelizations and YA novelizations of recent hit movies, including ALASKA (1996), DARK CITY (1997), PITCH BLACK (1999), END OF DAYS (1999), GIRLFIGHT (2000), PITCH BLACK: FIGHT EVIL WITH EVIL (2004) as well as a series of ZORRO novelizations: THE MASK OF ZORRO (1998), SKULL AND CROSSBONES (1999) and THE LOST TEMPLE (2000).