Robert Beatty is the author of the #1 New York Times best selling Serafina series published by Disney Hyperion, a spooky mystery-thriller about a brave and unusual girl who lives secretly in the basement of the grand Biltmore Estate.
Serafina and the Black CloakÂ was a #1 New York Times best seller, has been on the list for more than 59 weeks, and won the prestigious 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize. The second book in the series, Serafina and the Twisted Staff, became a #1 New York Times best seller in the first week of its launch and earned a â€śStarred Reviewâ€ť from Kirkus Reviews, which said, â€śEven better than its predecessor, a sequel that delivers nonstop thrills from beginning to end.â€ť Enjoyed by both young readers and adults, the books are being taught in over a thousand classrooms nationwide. The third book in the Serafina series comes out in July 2017.
Robert Beatty lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina with his wife and three daughters, who help create and refine his stories. He loves to explore Biltmore Estate and the darkened forest trails where his novels take place. He writes full-time now, but in his past lives, Robert was one of the early pioneers of cloud computing, the founder/CEO of Plex Systems, the co-founder of Beatty Robotics, and the chairman/CTO of Narrative Magazine. In 2007, he was named an Entrepreneur of the Year.
Before he started writing full time, Robert
was a successful entrepreneur in the tech world. He was the founder, CEO, and chief architect of Plex Systems, which provides management information systems to automotive, aerospace & defense, and other manufacturing companies throughout the world. AsÂ the chief architect of the Plex Manufacturing Cloud, he was one of the pioneers of cloud computing. He’s a patented inventor, and in 2007, he was named an Entrepreneur of the Year. The picture at left shows Robert and his wife Jennifer accepting the award. Since then, Robert has been involved with a variety of other tech companies.
Robert had a long, close relationship with Narrative Magazine,
where he served in a variety of roles, including Chief Technical Officer and Chairman of the Board.Â With a community of more than 150,000 avid readers,Â Narrative Magazine (www.narrativemagazine.com) is one of the leading literary voices in the country. It publishes Pulitzer Prize winners as well as talented emerging writers. Robert became involved with the editors ofÂ Narrative in 2005 in pursuit of his life-long goal of improving his writing craft. His relationship with the editors led to his involvement with the technical side of the magazine. He redesigned the website, setup a database-driven publication management system, formed the programming team, and became the magazineâ€™s Chief Technical Officer. Over the years, he became heavily engaged with the business management of the magazine. He was asked to join the Board of Directors in 2009. He became Chairman of the Board in 2011. In 2013, he retired from his work at Narrative in order to focus more of his time on his writing.Â At your first opportunity,Â please go to and sign-up for www.narrativemagazine.com. Itâ€™s a wonderful source for literary stories, essays, poetry, photography, New Yorker-style cartoons, and much more.
Robotics and the Maker Movement
A few years ago, Robert and his two young daughters began building robots in their garage for fun. With the publication of their beatty-robotics.com tech blog, they have become an inspiring role model not just for roboticists and makers, but for parents and children who enjoy learning together through hands-on creation. In 2013 they were asked to build a functional Mars Rover for a permanent exhibit in the New York Hall of Science. Since then, Beatty Robotics has become a company that builds robots for museums and science centers. In 2014, Robert and his daughters were invited to the White House by President Obama. In the Presidentâ€™s speech to the nation, he held the Beatty family up as a shining example of the American entrepreneurial spirit.
In addition to writing and robotics, Robert is interested in history, nature, birds, horseback riding, wildlife rehabilitation (he and his family are state-licensed wildlife rehabilitators), science, technology, computers, Jane Austen and other British and American carriage dramas, dogs, cats, architectural design, movies, and books of all kinds.
In the past, Robert was a champion saber fencer and captain of his university fencing team, climbed mountains in New Zealand and the American West, and enjoyed the outdoors with his father and brothers.
In the early days of his marriage to his wife Jennifer, they enjoyed lure coursing their whippets and won the coveted AKC â€śBest in Field.â€ť The wedding picture at right shows Robert and Jennifer with their wedding puppies.