About the Author
Len Mattano is an author and physician who led a pediatric hematology/oncology program in southwest Michigan for eighteen years. In 2009 he and his family moved to coastal New England, where he has focused on drug development, research, and writing. He is an avid photographer and devotee of the arts, history, philosophy, and theology.
Len believes in the power of inspiration. Just as he knew at age 10 that he wanted to be a doctor, he later discerned a calling to help children with cancer and blood disorders. So when the idea for Celtic Crossing came to him one day, he acted. The story drew on his talents as a writer, but even more deeply from walking alongside patients and families on life's most difficult journeys. The author hopes that this enthralling suspense novel—where medicine and miracles converge—will move the heart of every reader.
Education & Training
- BA | Kalamazoo College
- MD | University of Michigan Medical School
- Pediatrics and Pediatric Hematology/Oncology | C.S. Mott Children's Hospital
- Children's Oncology Group | The World's Childhood Cancer Experts
- Catholic Writers Guild | The Rebirth of Catholic Arts and Letters
- Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association
- Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance
About the Artist
John Jude Palencar is an award winning artist and illustrator whose book covers for J.R.R. Tolkien, Stephen King, George R.R. Martin, H.P. Lovecraft, Christopher Paolini, Edgar Allan Poe, and a host of others have garnered global recognition. His works are sought by collectors and have been featured regularly in special exhibits. Not Flesh Nor Feathers is in the permanent collection at the Canton Museum of Art. Skellig Michael, the frontispiece for Celtic Crossing, was inspired during John's tenure as artist-in-residence at the Cill Rialaig Arts Project in County Kerry, Ireland. His rendition of Aideen's pendant exquisitely captures the symbolic intrigue of this treasured medallion.