About the Author
Tom Barnes is a retired Coast Guard warrant officer, a retired employee development specialist from the Smithsonian Institution and he spent a little time teaching public high school business courses in Northern Virginia after he left the Service. He is a totally disabled veteran.
Why would somone with this background write this book?
Tom had been a victim of physical and sexual abuse at the hands of nuns as a child and teenager. As a high school student he was on several occasions struck by priests and lay teachers for "talking in class" or "talking during grace"the lunch hour. On one occasion, while alone with a nun in a classroom early in the morning as a freshman in high school, the nun approached the boy and rubbed her breasts against his back. She smiled and moved off.
As a seminarian, Tom was openly propositioned on several occasions by a particular nun who was over twenty years his senior. Nothing physical occurred, but this was a huge factor in Tom eventually leaving seminary.
Educated within the Catholic school system of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia during the 1950's and 1960's, Tom left Bishop McDevitt High School at the end of his junior year and entered high school seminary at the Marist Fathers Seminary in Penndel, Pennsylvania in August of 1969. He graduated from high school there and then entered Saint Charles Borromeo diocesan seminary in September 1970. He was 17 years old at that time. He stayed at Saint Charles in Overbrook until just after his 20th birthday when he left seminary. He eventually returned to college and earned several degrees.
His education is extensive.
B.A. in Liberal Arts from Mount Saint Mary's RC College, Emmitsburg, MD 1975
B.S. in General Business from University of the State of New York, Regents, in 1995
M.Ed. (Secondary Education) Beaver College, Glenside, PA in 1995
M.A. (Human Resources Management) from Marymount University, Arlington, VA in 2000
M.A. (Human Performance Systems) from Marymount University, Arlington, VA in 2003
Tom studied for a short while toward his Ph.D. in Adult Basic Education at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA earning 26 credits toward that degree. He took classes at both GMU and Virginia Tech. When he was declared totally disabled by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Tom saw that study was no longer possible.
Tom would welcome the opportunity to hear from you and gain your insights into the novel once you have read it through to the end. He can be reached at:
6300 Stevenson Avenue, 614
Alexandria, VA 22304