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Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Robert W. Beard, author of the Shawn Barton Adventures "A Boy Named Shawn" (Book 1) and "Halcyon" (Book 2), attended Georgia Tech in Atlanta, where he earned a B.S. in Physics. After three years as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy, he pursued an academic career–-M.A. from Louisiana State University and Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Michigan. Through the years, he held appointments at Princeton, Michigan, Iowa, Louisiana State, and Florida State universities. He and his lovely wife now live in Tallahassee, Florida.