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Frederick R Andresen's Biography

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Corona del Mar, CA
Now widower. 43 yrs. of happy marriage
May 2009

Published writer/traveler/businessman: Author of Walking on Ice, An American Businessman in Russia.  Essays published in various Russian, American, and British publications. His latest published novel is "Dos Gringos" based on the true story of his immigrant Norwegian father's escapades in the Mexican Revoution. Novels in works: The Lady with an Ostrich Feather Fan, The Fabergé Clock, and others based on real characters and the personal study of human relations in cultural conflict during thirty years of residence and travels in over fifty countries. Worked in Russia (1991-present, six years residence), earlier in Asia and Europe. Born and raised in El Paso, Texas.

Study and conferences: Taos (Master Class), SLS St. Petersburg, Squaw Valley, Maui (Master class), Santa Barbara. Screen writing classes (Schlesinger, McKee.) Trustee, Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, Moscow; Board Member, Russian-American Chamber of Commerce. President, Los Angeles/St. Petersburg Sister City Committee. Member, World Wide Club of St. Petersburg. Promusica Russia, Founder, President. Recipient: William E. Morgan Alumni Achievement Award, Colorado State University, 2005.  

Published writer/traveler/businessman: Author of Walking on Ice, An American Businessman in Russia.  Essays published in various Russian, American, and British publications. Novels in works: The Lady with an Ostrich Feather Fan, The Fabergé Clock, Dos Gringos, others based on real characters and the personal study of human relations in cultural conflict during thirty years of residence and travels in over fifty countries. Worked in Russia (1991-present, six years residence), earlier in Asia and Europe. Born and raised in El Paso, Texas.

Study and conferences: Taos (Master Class), SLS St. Petersburg, Squaw Valley, Maui (Master class), Santa Barbara. Screen writing classes (Schlesinger, McKee.)

Trustee, Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, Moscow; Board Member, Russian-American Chamber of Commerce. President, Los Angeles/St. Petersburg Sister City Committee. Member, World Wide Club of St. Petersburg. Promusica Russia, Founder, President. Recipient: William E. Morgan Alumni Achievement Award, Colorado State University, 2005.

Web: http://www.fandresen.com/

Influences

History, domestic and international relations, art, music, children's welfare, the Bible, good and great writers,

Upcoming Works

1. The Lady with an Ostrich Feather Fan – “Not long after murdering Rasputin, Prince Felix Yusupov fled the Bolshevik wrath in Petrograd carrying his family’s most valued treasures, a pair of portraits by Rembrandt.” This historical novel is about the immortality of art and the mortality of those who create it, love it, or obsess over it; and what they will do to own it, protect it, steal it, conspire, deceive, even kill, or die for it—and the eternal search for home. Based on the precarious path of two famous Rembrandt portraits and the characters involved with them in a grand tale of successive inter-connected episodes over two-hundred-eighty years, leading through two revolutions (French and Russian, including the murder of Rasputin) and the most famous and acrimonious court case in American art history, until the portraits finally find a home in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

2. The Fabergé Clock – an action/romance novel set in present day Russia. A New York art dealer, the last member of a prominent Russian pre-Revolutionary merchant family, returns to present day Russia to reclaim her past, to find her true self, and to solve an old family mystery. She finds that nothing is as it seems, her protector cannot be trusted, her life love is found in a stranger, and burdens become lifesavers, especially when her 83-year-old father, who decides to come along “as a bodyguard,” rescues her from a kidnapping.

4. The Second Son – a story in progress based on the Rembrandt’s representation of the biblical story of The Prodigal Son (in The Hermitage) set in California’s Inland Empire in the 1960’s. On a dusty ranch the youngest son of a destitute family sells his share of skinny cattle and goes to Las Vegas to find fortune and fun. After a recession and reckless spending he returns home destitute. The father’s unpopular forgiveness not only reforms the prodigal son, but absolves the father of a secret guilt of an earlier time.

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Writing, history, travel, international relations, art, music, reading