Retired from film and theater acting but still singing and writing music and screenplays, I'm in my third act as a novelist. Born in Chicago, with decades spent in Los Angeles and Colorado, I'm  known for sharp dialogue, twisting plots, unusual atmosphere, and psychological portraits of upended characters experiencing life-changing circumstances. As a young man I wanted to be a lawyer, but a curiosity in cultural anthropology catapulted me on a tightrope of ethical quandaries that mark my novels today. My latest novel, The Mermaid Latitudes, is currently out to agents and publishers. I am currently researching and outlining my next book, a YA about young brothers who bring Paul Bunyan into a modern America where he doesn't belong.




Meet Barry James Hickey author of The Five Pearls, Chasing God's River and The Glass Fence