Robert Stermscheg, born in Europe in 1956, was exposed to many wonderful writers – Edgar Rice Burroughs, Alexandre Dumas, and of course Karl May. He appreciated how they opened up a whole new world to our imaginations through their portrayal of life. His parents were of Austrian descent, and as a result of his father’s occupation as an electrical engineer, he moved several times in his early childhood. His father kept a steady supply of books to broaden his son’s education, including a repertoire of Karl May books.
The entire family moved to Canada in 1967, eventually settling in Manitoba. Robert was involved in chess, hockey, flying, but always kept up his interest in the German language. His passion to share the works of Karl May, largely unknown in North America, resulted in the search for English translations. After retiring from a satisfying career with the Winnipeg Police Service in 2006, he had the opportunity to pursue his dream—translating one of Karl May’s novels into English. His wife, Toni, embraced his dream and encouraged him in the writing process. She supported him in this new venture by being a proof reader.
In 2006, Robert consulted with Nemsi Books, a publisher familiar with the works of Karl May. After conducting more research, Robert engaged a dedicated editor and published his first book, The Prussian Lieutenant, based on an earlier work by Karl May. The first book was well received, encouraging him to continue with the sequel, The Marabout’s Secret. Robert pressed forward with Buried Secrets and Captain Richemonte.
One of Robert’s highlights was collaborating with his father, John Stermscheg, and publishing his memoir, POW #74324, detailing his experiences during WWII, including imprisonment in a German Stalag. Robert resides in Winnipeg and is currently working on his fifth book, The Hussar’s Return.
Aside from writing, Robert, and his wife, Toni, have been fortunate to be able to participate in two short-term mission trips to Uganda. It was a life-changing experience that brought them closer to God and to each other.