- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: Quest Books,U.S.; Original edition (1 Jan 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0835608751
- ISBN-13: 978-0835608756
- Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 13 x 1.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 325,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Gary Tillery is the author of both fiction and nonfiction works.
His fascination with "the intellectual Beatle," John Lennon, led him to write The Cynical Idealist: A Spiritual Biography of John Lennon. The book was published by Quest Books in 2009 and has been translated into German, French, and Portuguese.
He followed up its success with a study of "the quiet Beatle," titled Working Class Mystic: A Spiritual Biography of George Harrison. Quest Books published the work in 2011.
Both books will soon be available in a Kindle edition.
A third book in the "Spiritual Biography" series, on Elvis Presley, will be available in 3Q 2013.
Fiction-wise, he has chronicled the adventures of "soft-boiled" detective Jack Savage in two comic novels -- Death, Be Not Loud and To An Aesthete Dying Young. The third book in the series is slated for publication in 2012.
He also published a collection of intertwined short stories set in Vietnam, Darkling Plain -- a book that examines the impact of America's most traumatic war on a young airman.
He has also published two volumes of poetry -- Through a Dark, Glassly, and 50 Epiphanies, a collection of haiku.
A native of the Southwest, Tillery was born in Phoenix in 1947. He served in Vietnam with the U. S. Air Force in 1968-69, then returned to earn a Bachelor's degree in Latin American Studies from ASU and a Master's degree from the American Graduate School of International Management.
After two decades in the business world, primarily as co-owner of an advertising agency in suburban Chicago, he turned his time and energy to his lifelong passion for literature and art.
Tillery is also a professional artist. His most prominent work is the sculpture for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Chicago. He also created the bronze bust of Steve Allen for the Steve Allen Theater in Hollywood. He has displayed in galleries from Pennsylvania to New Mexico and appeared in shows as far away as Shanghai. His works are in the private collections of Patricia DuPont and General Tommy Franks, and the National Veterans Art Museum in Chicago holds two pieces in its permanent collection.