Arthur Cola was born in Chicago in the “Little Italy” neighborhood of the near west side. His family moved to Oak Park, Illinois, where he attended Oak Park-River Forest High School. While attending Loyola University, Chicago, he met his future wife, Donna Shields. Together, they have five adult children and seven grandchildren. He, his wife and family now live in Wisconsin.
He has been an educator for 35 years. During that time, he served as a teacher of history and as a school principal. He received his master’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and did his postgraduate work at the University of St. Mary of the Lake and Loyola University, Rome.
His research for his novels has brought him to Italy, Ireland, England and Wales and throughout the United States. He has written ten novels in the genre of fantasy, supernatural thrillers and historical fiction, as well as his De Cenza Murder Mysteries series.