On the heels of his critically acclaimed fact-based novel "Olympic Affair," about the overlooked-for-years affair between Hitler's femme fatale filmmaker, Leni Riefenstahl, and American decathlon gold medalist Glenn Morris, Terry Frei returned to non-fiction in 2014 with two books. "March 1939: Before the Madness" was published in February and "Save By Roy: Patrick Roy and the Return of the Colorado Avalanche," a collaboration with Adrian Dater, followed in November.
Frei's previous non-fiction books are "Playing Piano in a Brothel" (2010), "'77: Denver, the Broncos, and a Coming of Age" (2008), "Third Down and a War to Go" (2007), and "Horns, Hogs, and Nixon Coming" (2002).
"The Witch's Season" (2009) is a roman a clef novel based on his observations and experiences in Eugene as the son of a college football coach in a tumultuous time on one of the nation's cauldron campuses.
Frei also has written three screenplays, done consulting work in the film industry, and taken voluminous mental notes.
He was raised in Eugene, Oregon, where his father, Jerry, was a fixture on the University of Oregon football staff and the Ducks' head coach for five seasons. Terry graduated from Wheat Ridge High School in the Denver area and has degrees in history and journalism from the University of Colorado-Boulder. He began working in the Denver newspaper business while a sophomore in college and stepped into a full-time position at The Denver Post after his graduation at age 21, and he's now in his second stint at the Post.
He also has been sports columnist at the Oregonian in Portland and then a pro and college football writer for The Sporting News. He also was an ESPN.com hockey columnist on a freelance basis for eight years. He has covered the NBA, NHL, MLB and NFL as a beatwriter and/or columnist; and has attended many World Series, Super Bowls, NBA Finals, Stanley Cup Finals, Final Fours, major bowl games, Olympic Games, and major boxing events.
Frei is a frequent at schools and events, including at veterans-oriented functions.
He and his wife, Helen, live in Denver.
His web site is www.terryfrei.com