Paul A. Barra is a former naval officer who was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat “V” and the Combat Action Ribbon for his work with the South Vietnamese Navy in the Mekong Delta. He was a reporter and chemistry teacher who graduated with a BS from Niagara University and an MS from Loyola University of New Orleans. He was the senior staff writer for the Diocese of Charleston, the director of religious education at a Charleston parish and an award-winning freelance magazine writer; he was Teacher-of-the-Year at Greenwood District 52 and at St. Joseph’s Catholic School before becoming a fulltime novelist. His four previous books include St Joe’s Remarkable Journey; a juvenile adventure called The Secret of Maggie’s Swamp; and the thrillers A Death in the Hills and Astoria Nights. The Permanent Press will release his hardcover thriller Westfarrow Island in early 2019.

Barra and his wife, the former Joan Lee, have eight children and live in Reidville, South Carolina, with dogs, cats, chickens, alpacas and a burro named Cletus to guard them all.