Richard Whitten Barnes is a native Chicagoan, graduating as a chemist from Michigan State University. He is now retired from a career in international chemical sales and marketing, which has taken him all over the world. Barnes is a veteran of the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division and an avid sailor. He lives Charlotte, NC, but spends summers with his wife Marg and cat Maggie at their cottage on St. Joseph Island, Ontario, on the shores of Lake Huron. Barnes writes in two genres, Mystery, and Historical Fiction.