Richard W. Coan is a Professor Emeritus of Psychology and resides in Tucson, Arizona.
As a child he began composing music and writing stories and poems. Though drawn to the arts, he was also intrigued by the puzzles of human consciousness, the sense of personal identity, and the varied idiosyncrasies of the people he knew. His search for understanding led to a career in psychology.
As a professor at the University of Arizona he published numerous articles and books. His specialties included personality theory, the evolution of consciousness, the psychology of religion, Jungian theory, and archetypal symbolism in myths, tales, and dreams.
In recent years he has written three novels: A Princess for Larkin, Horatio, and Shaul of Tarsos.