Paul was born in Evanston, Illinois, and attended the University of Illinois where he was a varsity epee fencer on two Big Ten Championship teams, placing 4th in the conference and 18th in the nation at the 1981 NCAA fencing finals. He began writing fiction while in college but quit abruptly when he discovered he had nothing much to say.
So, he fled graduate school for Madrid. Paul taught English in Spain and then at Florida A & M University, before attending law school at the University of Chicago. Clerking for the Honorable Frank M. Johnson, Jr. (portrayed by Martin Sheen in the 2014 movie Selma) and working on habeas corpus death cases provided plenty of inspiration for future writing.
In order to feed his three small children, he taught copyright law at the University of Georgia School of Law from 1989 to 2011 where he was the youngest professor to ever have been granted an endowed chair. In 2011, he became the Corman Research Professor at the University of Illinois College of Law. For decades, all creative energy was channeled into dozens of articles on intellectual property law and thousands of scurrilous emails.
In October 2014, Skyhorse published his first book – Death in Eden. It is the first installment in a multi-part series of books – The Clarkeston Chronicles — whose characters find themselves wandering the lovely tree-lined streets of Clarkeston, Georgia. Cotton, the second installment, will be published July 2016, and Courting Death, the third installment, is scheduled for release December 2016. Georgia Requiem is the fifth installment, still to be scheduled for release.
When he is not writing, Paul sings vaguely on pitch with various groups and teaches copyright law. He is a member of the Red Herring fiction workshop, and his wife, Jill Crandall, directs the well-known women’s chorus, Amasong.