October 14, 1952, Rob Kantner spent early days in Ohio, teen years
in north Georgia, and moved to the metro Detroit area in 1972.
Spurred by a draft lottery number of 36,he served a Vietnam-era
hitch in the U. S. Navy as a journalist, and was honorably discharged
from the Naval Reserve in 1977. In 1978 he graduated from Eastern
Michigan University, having blown two previous attempts at college.
often happens to English majors who prefer to eat every day, Rob
spent most of his fits-and-starts career in business: early years
in middle-management marketing and advertising posts, later times
in general management for small manufacturing/service firms. In
the late 1980s Rob wandered into business consulting, and in 1995
started his own tiny consulting firm. Today, like a mouse among
elephants’ feet, he darts from town to town, dispensing
advice on quality system management which more often than not
works out okay.
wrote his first fiction at age 9. He spent most of his teens and
twenties producing work of varying levels of unreadability. In
1982 his first published fiction appeared in Alfred Hitchcock’s
Mystery Magazine (see Publishing Credits). Subsequently he published
9 Ben Perkins novels and several dozen short stories. The demands
of self-employment forced a radical slowdown in fiction production.
These days Rob knocks out the occasional short story, tinkers
with historical fiction and crime novels, and generally contents
himself in peaceful obscurity.
first marriage resulted in three wonderful children: Meaghan (1978),
John (1979), and Robert (1981). Meg is the mother of the terrific
Brenna (2000) and Evan (2001). On July 21, 2001, Rob married Deanna,
the love of his life. They live on a farm near Blanchard, Michigan
(pop. 200), with Jonathan Heath (1984), Adrienne Heath (1988),
a dog, two horses, two cats, and others.
IS WHAT I DO