Biography of Geoffrey Wells

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Born in the new mining town of Welkom, South Africa, Geoffrey Wells spent a childhood moving from one mine to another with his mother and consulting mining engineer father who had a passion for literature and read from the classics to Geoffrey and his three sisters. His mother, the only daughter with seven brothers recounted stories. As a result of Geoffrey’s diverse teenage interests in playing piano and drums, cross-country running, and later on, observing elephants in Botswana and climbing the Drakensberg Mountains he began to write small pieces of fiction, never believing he would finish and publish a novel.
It was his 1973 visit to Mozambique—one year before the Carnation Revolution in Portugal—that led to his first thriller, A FADO FOR THE RIVER, published in 2011.
His career as Art Director in advertising lured him to commercials, and after immigrating to the U.S. in 1980, he studied producing at the American Film Institute. He paid the rent working the graveyard room service shift at a Beverly Hills hotel, where he served famous and infamous actors and rock stars, including Richard Burton, The Rolling Stones, Ric Ocasek of The Cars, among others.
The Internet and an ambidextrous brain led him to information technology, where, at Disney, he rose to VP for the ABC-TV stations and later joined the Fox Station Group as Chief Information Officer.
Inspired by his ascent of Kilimanjaro in 2003 and horrified by the devastation of elephants in Africa, he published ATONE FOR THE IVORY CLOUD, in 2016.
Concurrent with his corporate life, Wells continued working on his goals to produce creative content. He wrote, produced and edited an award-winning animated film, THE SHADOW OF DOUBT directed by his wife, Cynthia Wells, an animator and illustrator. The film showed in 27 film festivals and won five awards.
THE DROWNING BAY, his latest eco-suspense book, draws from his involvement in the environment of the North Fork of Long Island. In 2013 he ran for Trustee, a political appointment charged with managing coastal areas and wetlands. He lost by a small margin. With his wife he farmed oysters with Cornell Cooperative Extension, and for five seasons he videotaped and produced Long Island Grown, a lecture series with farmers and chefs for the Peconic Land Trust.
In 2015 he edited, designed and published the children’s book, MOONGLOW written by Peggy Dickerson and illustrated by Cynthia Wells.
He lives on the North Fork of Long Island where he participates in triathlons and swims the open water of Peconic Bay with his wife and their dog, Luciano.

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