Tuesday, May 9, 2000

Who are you?

My name is Eric Lanke, and I was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1968. I began writing fiction as an outlet for my creativity in high school, and quickly came to appreciate its potential as a mechanism for self-exploration and as a repository for the truth. I am a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and worked in outplacement services prior to building a career in association management.

I have written eleven short stories and seven novels. My fiction is characterized by the inner lives of sharply-drawn characters, often with competing motivations, and by a willingness to explore territory often ignored in mainstream works.

My latest novel, Columbia: Reflections in Broken Glass, is set during the American Civil War, and describes the intersecting lives of one central and ten supporting characters during one of the War’s climactic episodes. Several core themes are explored, including the subjective nature of justice, the overt and subtle oppressions of racism, the enduring truth of art, and the unending search for purpose in human affairs.

I currently live in Milwaukee with my wife and two children. I am employed as the executive director of a national trade association.