Biography

Collins Hemingway is a technologist who has written books on business and science, including one with Microsoft founder Bill Gates, and a student of history and literature who lectures and writes about the life and times of Jane Austen. His fiction is shaped by the language of the heart and an abiding regard for courage in the face of adversity.

With a degree in English literature and a minor in science, Collins has had a career in which the two fields constantly intersected. His work with computers in newspapers led him into technical writing and an eventual marketing career at Microsoft. His writing background led him to co-author the top-selling book, Business @ the Speed of Thought, with Gates.

Hemingway is also an authority on the English author and the Regency era. He has spoken at Austen societies, book clubs, libraries, and universities in the U.S. England, and Australia. Topics cover: the larger world of Austen’s time; the wars with France and how they affected her family and work; labor and political unrest; the slave trade and how it is handled in her novels; and the period’s scientific and technical advances. He is a contributor to the magazine Jane Austen’s Regency World.

He has also written a trilogy of historical fiction based on the life of Austen titled The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen (final volume due in 2017). Using Austen’s life as a basis, the series provides a thoughtful, in-depth look at life for women in the early 1800s. Readers have called the books “a magical tale,” “one of the best love stories I have read in a long time,” and “wickedly clever!” Critics have described the story as “an imaginative journey of the soul.”

A graduate of the University of Arkansas, Phi Beta Kappa, Collins has a master’s degree in English literature from the University of Oregon and numerous computer and aviation certifications. He is a member of the Jane Austen Society of North America, the Jane Austen Society of the United Kingdom, and the Jane Austen Society of Australia.

Publications:

  • Author of the trilogy The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen (historical fiction);
  • Co-author with Microsoft CEO Bill Gates of the #1 best-selling book on business and technology, Business @ the Speed of Thought;
  • Co-author with Starbucks executive Arthur Rubinfeld on Built for Growth, the gold standard about how companies can create and renew retail brands;
  • Co-author with Dan Baker and Cathy Greenberg on What Happy Companies Know, about how positive cultures help companies outperform competitors;
  • Co-author with Robert Marcus on The Fifth Wave, about mobile technology and how it is changing the world;
  • Co-author with Shlomo Breznitz on Maximum Brainpower, about the workings of the brain, how it functions under stress, and steps people can take to keep the brain healthy throughout life.

For Collins, the most compelling fiction deeply explores the heart and soul of its characters, while also engaging them in the complex and often dangerous world in which they have a stake. He wants to explore all that goes into people’s lives, to creatively investigate everything that makes them what they are as complete but fallible human beings.

Hemingway lives in Bend, Oregon, with his wife, Wendy. Together they have three adult sons and three granddaughters. He supports the Oregon Community Foundation and other civic organizations engaged in conservation and social services in Central Oregon.