B. D. BENEDIKT was born in 1938, Yugoslavia. His father worked as a police officer and was killed in the war. Benedikt, along with his mother and sister, lived a hard life in Communist Yugoslavia. His early years were spent on his grandfather's farm, while his teen years were spent in the city, growing up in a dilapidated house nicknamed "the bunker."
At age 18 Benedikt took a projectionist course and accepted work as a film librarian and projectionist for the United States Information Service (USIS) in Belgrade. In 1963 he graduated from the famous Manaki Film Institute and became an independent writer/director. In addition to visual storytelling, Benedikt's talent for fictional writing emerged at this time. He started writing novellas, first DETECTIVE STORIES, then THE SECRET AGENT OF INTERPOL and finally a western series, FEDERAL SHERIFF, which sold more than 150,000 copies.
In 1971 Benedikt immigrated to Canada. He married a teacher and the couple had two children. He continued working in the film industry as a director, screenwriter, and art director (see movies for more information). His first full-length novel English novel, THE LAST NOBLEMAN, was released in 1986 in both hardcover and paperback. All copies sold out! The historical novel delves into the idealistic and spiritual world of East Europe's aristocracy both pre and post WWII.
Benedikt's work focuses on a main theme: betterment of the human soul. He chooses settings and characters that illustrate the best and worst of humanity in order to better explore the purpose of life. As a result, his books aren't subject to a specific genre, but range from historical fiction to sci-fi.
Today Benedikt has penned over 36 novels and novellas, translated into various languages. He resides in Canada, still writing stories while working part-time in the advertising industry.