Nicholas George Manolukas was born on December 9, 1961 in
Youngstown, Ohio to first generation Greek-Americans. His
grandparents emigrated from Greece at the turn of the century,
leaving their village life in pursuit of the American dream.
Nick graduated from Yale with the class of ’84, and
earned his J.D. from John Marshall Law School four years later.
Heidi Joanna Neale
was born on August 26, 1961 in Dearborn, Michigan. Seven years
later, her family left suburban Detroit and moved to the northern
Michigan town of Cheboygan, near the beautiful Straits of
Mackinac. Her family emigrated from England and Germany in
the mid-1800s, but after 18 years with Nick, she’s become
Greek by osmosis. Heidi graduated from Michigan State University
in 1983, and received her J.D. from DePaul College of Law
Their partnership began on the Summer Solstice in 1986, when
the two of them met at the Printers’ Row Book Fair in
Chicago. In 1991, they left the Windy City to embark on a
year-long trip around the world, and it was near the end of
that sojourn, while visiting the Greek islands of Crete and
Santoríni, that they learned about the ancient Minoan
Civilization – a discovery which inspired them to write
their first novel, The Coming of a New Millennium,
and the screenplay adaptation, Knossos! Return to the
When they returned
to the US, they moved to Corvallis, Oregon, to live near the
volcanoes and rainforests of the Pacific Northwest. Since
1997, they’ve lived in Berkeley, California, St. John,
US Virgin Islands and Sarasota, Florida.
Nick and Heidi
have also worked extensively as activists, lawyers, mediators
and consultants, promoting the ideals of social justice, sustainability
and progressive political change.
their second novel.