Bryant Wieneke was born in Los Angeles and received his B.A. from the University of California, Riverside. He put his liberal arts education to work as a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger, teaching students at an agricultural school how to plow fields and castrate bulls. In 1982, he received his MPA from New York University and pursued a career in administration at Columbia University, UCLA and UC Santa Barbara. He is married with two sons and lives in Santa Barbara, California.
Mr. Wieneke has written a provocative series of anti-war books for the post-9/11 era. Set against the magnificent backdrop of the Sahara Desert, the Priority Series follows a reluctant warrior through seven action-packed suspense novels, exploring the possibilities of non-violence in a dangerous world.
His first full-length work was his lighthearted Peace Corps journal, now published as A Dry and Thirsty Land. In 1999, Nova Science Publishers (Kroshka Imprint) published Winning Without the Spin, an account of the hard-fought Congressional campaign run by a brilliant and whimsical religious studies professor. Mr. Wieneke served as operations manager for the campaign.
The author is also working on a young adult series that examines the nature of genius. This creative non-fiction series allows young adults to join historical figures on their fascinating journeys. Larger-than-life men and women become human as they make discoveries that will ultimately change the world. The conditions that affected the heroes and heroines – from the influence of their peers to the stresses of family life – are described in simple, compelling prose.
In May 2016 Mr. Wieneke was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma. His CT/PET scan looked like the lights on a Christmas tree, showing cancer throughout his body and into his brain. He would not have lasted more than a few months, were it not for the successful administration of immunotherapy drugs that had recently been approved by the FDA. This harrowing and uplifting adventure became the sole focus of his writing, and he published Melanoma without a Cause in 2017 to share his experience.
Now, he has returned to the Priority Series, where the future of a less violent approach to foreign policy is threatened by America's unfortunate choice for president in 2016.