Robert Beatty is an American author famed for his children’s novel, entitled Serafina and the Black Cloak which immediately found its way into the New York Times’ Best Sellers in its first week of launch, and held its position for 20 more weeks. Though now devoted to writing full-time, Robert Beatty was previously an Entrepreneur and technological pioneer, having been one of the forerunners of cloud computing. This led to his founding of the information technology firm, Plex Systems, and co-founding of Beatty Robotics. Aside from that, he is also the CTO and chairman of Narrative Magazine, an online literature periodical. When asked about where he got the idea for the Serafina book series, he simply said that Serafina’s story was born of his desire to tell his daughters a tale about a heroic, albeit quirky, young girl.
Aside from being a writer, Robert is also heavily invested in robotics as a hobby. He’s also greatly interested in history and horseback riding. He’s also a lover of nature, working as a state-licensed wildlife rehabilitator along with his family, and often going birdwatching. In university, he was also an outstanding saber fencer and the captain of his university’s fencing team. He was also a mountain climber, having scaled peaks from the American West all the way to New Zealand.
ROBERT BEATTY’S ENTREPRENEURIAL CAREER
Before committing himself to writing, Robert was as a successful tech entrepreneur. Being the pioneer of many information technology systems such as Cloud Computing, Robert was able to found Plex Systems, where he is also the Chief executive officer and lead architect. The company provides information systems to help with the management of companies that deal in automobiles, aerospace, defense, and other areas of manufacture. All of this was done through a Cloud Computing system of Beatty’s own design. A patented inventor, Robert Beatty was named the 2007 Entrepreneur. Since then, Beatty has cooperated with several other tech firms before finally settling down and devoting himself to writing.
ROBERT BEATTY’S INVOLVEMENT WITH NARRATIVE MAGAZINE
Robert was closely involved with Narrative Magazine since its early days, eventually serving as the magazine’s CTO and, eventually, Chairman of the magazine’s Board of Directors. Narrative Magazine, one of the most widespread literary periodicals in the US, has an ever-growing community of avid readers. It proclaims the achievements of Pulitzer Prize winners to the writing community, as well as herald the exploits of up-and-coming writers.
Robert became engaged with Narrative Magazine’s editors the year 2005. He was still endeavoring to refine his writing craft at the time. His close relationship with the magazine’s editors gave rise to his engagement with the magazines technical aspects, eventually overhauling the website, as well as its publication management system, having it use a more comprehensive database than before. After he made these changes, he assembled a programming team to handle all of the magazine’s technological details , and was assigned with the post of the Chief Technical Officer.
Aside from that, he was also heavily invested in magazine’s business management. This led to be invited to join the magazine’s Board in the year 2009. In the year 2011, he was elected the Board’s Chairman. It wasn’t until 2013 that he retired from the board and disentangled from his other commitments to focus on his writing.
ROBERT BEATTY’S ROBOTICS HOBBY AND BEATTY ROBOTICS
In the years approaching his retirement from Narrative Magazine’s Board of Directors, Robert, along with his daughters, began their hobby of constructing robots in their home’s garage. Eventually, they started a tech blog called beatty-robotics.com, whose readers span from roboticists and tech hobbyists, to parents who enjoy creating things together with their children. In the year 2013, New York’s Hall of Science asked the Beattys to build a working model of the Mars Rover as a part of a permanent exhibit. This first project led to the growth of Beatty Robotics as a company that constructs robots for museums, science centers, and the like.
Due to the achievements of Robert Beatty and his daughters in the robotics world, they were invited to come to visit the White House in 2014. President Obama’s speech congratulated Robert’s family as an exemplary specimen of American entrepreneurial spirit.
ROBERT BEATTY’S BOOKS
Robert Beatty’s most notable work is the Serafina series, the story of a young girl who lives in a vast estate in complete secrecy, with her father, the maintenance man, who harbors her without the owners’ knowing.
Serafina and the Black Cloak
Serafina and the Black Cloak is the first book in the Serafina series. It is about a young girl named Serafina who has lived in a vast mansion ever since she could begin to remember, but most of her life there was spent in the basement. This is because her father, the Biltmore estate’s maintenance man, hides her there so that they can live together. Serafina, with her desire to explore, has learned to do it by night, sneaking and hiding in the shadowy hallways and secret doors and passageways of the manor.
Mystery begins to arise as children living in the estate begin to disappear one by one, and only Serafina knows which clue to follow: the terrifying black-cloaked man who prowls Biltmore’s halls at night. As she narrowly escapes the shadowy intruder, she joins forces with the nephew of the estate’s owners, by the name of Braeden Vanderbilt,. With his help, she must uncover the identity of the mysterious Black-Cloaked Man before he succeeds in kidnapping all of the young boys and girls in the estate.
Their quarry leads them to the dark forest of the estate, the very one that Serafina’s father has told her would ensnare her soul, and inside she finds a long-forgotten trove of arcane arts. It is here that Serafina found that in order to solve the mystery of the Black Cloak, must first solve the mystery of her very own identity.
Serafina and the Twisted Staff
Following the defeat of the mysterious Black-Cloaked Man, Serafina and Braeden face far harsher dangers. Dangers potent enough to keep Serafina from going back to her old home in the Biltmore Estate’s basement. The once secret, shadowy world of Serafina has now been turned into an overly bright and highly social one, filled with well-dressed ladies and gentlemen and otherworldly courtesies.
Having discovered who she really is in the dark forest her father had forbidden, and lacking the means to fit in with the high society of Biltmore manor, she is torn between two worlds as she decides which to call home. She isn’t given much time to decide, however, as a greater power than their previous foe arrives to wreak havoc upon the residents of the estate; not only the human ones, but the animal ones as well.
This power is revealed to be a dark, gray-bearded man, searching for “the Black One”, which is apparently the Black Cloak she had defeated in previous. Thanks to the help of a strange feral boy from the forest, Serafina barely escaping the gray-bearded man’s pack of savage wolfhounds. As she discovers that her power is enveloping the entirety of Biltmore estate and its surrounding forest, she must search her mysterious past once more to defend her home, both the forest and the estate alike.Book Series In Order » Authors » Robert Beatty