Ronald M. Gauthier was a life-long resident of New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina forced him to evacuate. Before he became a novelist, he worked as a social service counselor, an adult education instructor, and a library branch manager. In each role, he served his fellow New Orleanians by bringing them the knowledge that might otherwise have passed them by whether performing literacy instruction for prisoners or connecting a community to the world of information.
Gauthier's novels, Prey for Me: A New Orleans Mystery and Hard Time on the Bayou, are shaped by more than two decades of public service and love for his home city. His experience as an educator in Louisiana's prisons brings a realism to his storytelling in a Hard Time on the Bayou in particular, while his life in New Orleans' African American community informs both works.
Holding an MA in Counseling from Xavier University, and an MLIS from Louisiana State University, Gauthier currently resides in Atlanta.