Paul offers the following biographical information: "I was born in 1954, the son of two professors. My father and mother taught physics and literature (respectively) at Williams College until their recent retirement. I am the third of four children, and my youngest sister suffers from autism--a theme that comes into my writing quite frequently. I worked at a lot of stupid jobs after college, and taught squash for many years in Manhattan. I quit in 1983 to write a novel. With a notebook and a couple of shirts, I flew to New Delhi, telling myself I couldn't come back until I had completed a manuscript. Soldiers of Paradise was written during my travels in Asia, largely in Sri Lanka, Nepal, Rajasthan, Burma, Thailand, and Indonesia, over the course of two years.
"I was married in 1994 to Deborah Brothers, a costume designer at Williams, whom I met in a bar while visiting my parents. I unexpectedly moved back to my home town, and have two young children: Miranda, born in 1995, and Lucius Lionel, born in 1998. I am currently at work on a big, fat fantasy novel, called A Princess of Romania. My short fiction has been published in the usual places."
Paul's short story "Get a Grip," published in Omni Online, was a finalist for the 1998 World Fantasy Award.
Soldiers of Paradise (1987), nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award
Sugar Rain (1989), nominated for the Locus Award
The Cult of Loving Kindness (1992), a New York Times Notable Book
Celestis (1996), nominated for the Nebula Award
The Gospel of Corax (1996)