Guntis Goncarovs was born in Seneca Falls, New York on September 5, 1956.
Through his childhood, he listened to the stories of the idyllic land his parents
had emigrated from. In high school, he was active in football, lacrosse, track,
concert band, and a debate club which focused on international relations. He
also spent time during his high school years dabbling in short fiction and
Goncarovs worked his way through an undergraduate degree in Chemistry, on
what he jokes was his eight year plan.
Eventually, he moved to Connecticut and continued work on his writing while
helping his wife, Joan raise their three daughters. Most of his writing was
heavily influenced by Russian writers, with deep description and symbolism.
Most influential was his distant relative's book, "Oblomov" by Ivan Goncharov.
Goncarovs traveled to Latvia and Russia in the 1990's, his first visit to
accompany his mother to re-unite with her estranged sister of 50 years. It was
here that the seeds of Telmenu Saimnieks were planted.
The family moved to central North Carolina in 1999, where he continued
polishing the family saga which had grown to over 1000 pages. Through
editing, Telmenu Saimnieks became the first book to be edited into a clearly
more American style of writing. Telmenu Saimnieks was accepted by
iUniverse's Writer's Showcase in April 2002, and published in May 2002.
In 2004, Goncarovs started intensive research on the H.L. Hunley, a civil war
submarine. The forensic reconstructions of the sailors sparked the story
behind Convergence of Valor, and his second book was published by
iUniverse late in 2005.
Goncarovs has returned to New England with his wife. With his
daughters now grown, he plans on continuing the story lines he had started in
Telmenu Saimnieks and Convergence of Valor.
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