E.C. (Gene) Ayres has worked on location and in the field
for over thirty years as an author, screenwriter, filmmaker, journalist, columnist and film critic in New York, Florida,
and Hollywood, writing for Harper’s Magazine, Running Times, Worldwatch Magazine, PBS, various
newspapers, commercial television and animation studios, Universal Studios and Warner Brothers. His award winning Tony
Lowell Mystery series from St. Martin's Press will be back in publication after a decade beginning with
a new fifth novel, Red Tide, this coming year.
Ayres spent five years researching his creative nonfiction expose The
Shakespeare Chronicles questioning the
Shakespeare authorship, then accepted a position for three years living and working in China as a Foreign
Expert at a provincial state university in Harbin which delayed publication other than select markets. His recent memoir about these adventures, Inside the New China, published by Transaction Publishing of Rutgers University, is available
wherever books are sold and was re-released in March of 2013. His fact-based novel
Il Libro Segredo di Shakespeare, (Nov. 2011)
a literary thriller in the Da Vinci Code tradition, has been translated into seven languages, most recently
in Rome under his pseudonym John Underwood, and ranked in the top ten in the Italian edition by Newton Compton Editori. It is not yet available in English.
Ayres (Underwood)'s newest thriller, the second in his new series The Jacob Fleming Disclosures finds investigative journalist Jake Fleming in pursuit of a new
Jack the Ripper terrifying East London, and in the process discovering a deadly myth-shattering
link between the new Ripper and the original. The Italian title is il
Libro Segreto di Sherlock Holmes (2013).
Ayres divides his time and loyalties
between Tampa Bay, Florida, and Seattle.