Barry James Hickey
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Barry James Hickey

Barry Hickey, in full Barry James John Hickey, (born April 02, 1955, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.), is a charismatic American author of novels about ordinary people experiencing life-changing events. He writes in all genres of fiction, often influenced by his own extraordinary adventures and infinite imagination. Hickey grew up on the Southside of Chicago in a large, struggling family, working full-time while attending four colleges. He studied Cultural Anthropology, English, Journalism and Theater, eventually earning a B.A. degree in Diversified Studies from the University of Colorado. Hickey later enjoyed a modestly successful career in Hollywood as an actor, writer and producer in independent films interspersed with stints working for motion picture studio executives. His close friends call him "Hollywood". Regarding his books: The Five Pearls, originated from his three years as a high school teacher working to empower dysfunctional American youth. Chasing God's River explores a man trying to reclaim his masculinity as he is confronted by his past. In The Glass Fence, Hickey writes of an emotionally empty woman kindling new friendships with female outcasts from her daily life by starting a rowing team. Waking Purgatory, explores the dynamics of a young widow hoping to raise her savant twins in a small town with a terrible secret. The Water Lawyer, (co-written with Kevin Donovan), portrays a modern American Indian hero in a legal thriller influenced by corporate American greed. The Pendragon Prophecy creates an iconic modern hero from an everyday American farmer thrust into a secret world of wizards, knights and magic. Hickey's 2019 release, The Mermaid Latitudes, (print, Kindle and audio versions) Hickey explores personal destiny, pitching a meek museum curator, his mischievous bodyguard and a stoic woman against pirates, sea gypsies, and men gone mad. In Finding Paul Bunyan Hickey confronts an America with lost values, resurrecting Paul Bunyan and his big blue ox Babe into a modern world where they are no longer needed or wanted. A cancer survivor, Hickey also writes screenplays and original music.
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