Paul Skenazy grew up in Chicago, studied at the University of Chicago and Stanford, and taught Literature and Writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He reviewed fiction for the San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, Chicago Tribune and other newspapers, was twice nominated for the NBCC award for reviewing, and for a dozen years was a mystery and thriller columnist for the Washington Post. In his academic life he published books and articles on James M. Cain, Dashiell Hammett and other noir writers, edited volumes on San Francisco literature and Maxine Hong Kingston, and revised and edited a posthumous novel, La Mollie and the King of Tears by Arturo Islas. Since he retired he has published stories and essays in a range of magazines. Temper CA, a novel set in the California Gold Country, won the 2018 Miami University Press Novella Prize. He lives in Santa Cruz with his wife, the poet Farnaz Fatemi, and their dog Augie.