Bjarne Rostaing was a red-diaper baby born into a communist family that moved about to avoid federal harassment and better themselves. He grew up under several names in a number of northeast towns and cities, and spent early summers at legendary Camp Nitkedaiget, summer home for New York and international leftists (Nitkedaiget means, approximately, everything will come out okay). Rostaing’s stepfather led the band at that camp, and music has been big in his life from early childhood, when Louis Armstrong convinced him of the existence of God. He lives in New York with his cat.
With prosperity, his parents dropped their leftist views, moved to Litchfield County (CT) and sent Rostaing to boarding school, where he was a poor fit. Expelled, he lived on his bicycle and became involved in bicycle racing. After taking two degrees he entered Army Intelligence with Paul Rothschild, who went on to produce Janice Joplin, Paul Butterfield and The Doors. Honorably discharged, Rostaing moved to New York and went back to the saxophone. It was The Sixties, and Rostaing was caught up in avante garde jazz, where he met writer and cultural critic Stanley Crouch, a jazz player at the time.
Free jazz did not pay, and Rostaing sustained himself by free-lance writing. His first book, written in 63 hours, was the novelization of Brian De Palma's Phantom of the Paradise, generally excoriated by fans of the film. When avante garde jazz died, he became a sports journalist, which got him to the Tour de France and brought him into contact with the elite of the sport, including three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond. This led to Bill Walton's Total Book of Bicycling and co-producing a bike racing video that won an AFI first place award. Later he worked with Uma Thurmann in a film noir, Kiss Daddy Goodnight.
After a decade in client relations with a financial software company, Rostaing went back to writing. Among his favorite writers are John Le Carré, John Burdett, Samuel Beckett and D.L. Wilson.