Barry Kukovich is a native of western Pennsylvania and has resided there most of his life. From his early years he was greatly influenced by the wilderness regions of Appalachia and New England, particularly their white water rivers and mountain forests. He is a 1975 graduate of Duquesne University and has a graduate degree from Seton Hall University.
In his professional career, he was a member of a National Red Cross disaster team for five years and among the many crises in which he served, he considers the 1977 Johnstown Flood and the 1979 3-Mile Island Nuclear Disaster as the most challenging events of his life. After the Red Cross, he entered a communications career with the utility industry, again largely involved with crisis planning.
For over forty years, his avocation has been martial arts, and this study remains as one of his greatest passions along with his love of history. He drew heavily on his historical studies of warfare and ancient religion to write his first novel The Church of Wolves, which is set during WWI and based on a true incident. He and his wife reside in Pittsburgh, PA.