For a complete press kit, and to learn more about me through interviews, click here.
I experienced many false starts in my writing career. For years I’d start a project full of excitement, only to abandon it when life got in the way a few weeks later. So I studied journalism, wrote for a few papers—The Poughkeepsie Journal and New York Newsday among them—and worked as a freelance editor.
In November of 2013, after a fortuitous conversation on Black Friday, I got serious. Six months later I completed the first draft of The Anonymous Source. Two years later—after 14 revisions and publication by Booktrope—it hit #1 in its category on Amazon.
While I was revising The Anonymous Source, I published short fiction in Cracked Eye Magazine and began my next book, The Inverted Pyramid, which will be out in the summer of 2016.
Writing Teacher and Speaker
After years of failed attempts at writing—and finally a breakthrough—I decided to share everything I’d learned with other writers. So I started giving talks throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Soon, I’ll be expanding to bring my talks international. Some of the places I’ve been lucky enough to teach:
- New York University
- Village Books
- The Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association
- The Trillium School
- Bainbridge Island Public Library
- Third Place Books
You can learn more about my talks here. By day, I teach English at Northwest Indian College.
I love podcasts. Whether I want to learn about business, health, writing, or sports, I always turn to a podcast first. Recently I even listened to a podcast version of the Wizard of Oz with my four-year-old son.
In October 2014, I started my own podcast, WRITER 2.0: Writing, publishing, and the space between.
On the show, I speak with bestselling authors from every genre, both traditionally published and self-published. I also speak with experts from the publishing industry such as literary agents, book marketers, and journalists. I release interview episodes every Wednesday and solo episodes every Monday and Wednesday.
I grew up in Berkeley, California and attended Oberlin College before moving to New Orleans, New York, and Connecticut.
Along the way I helped run an Internet startup, worked as a chef for ten years, ran a small office in NYC, completed a Master’s at NYU, and got married.
I now live with my wife, two children, and two dogs in the Pacific Northwest, where I can be found writing, teaching at Northwest Indian College, watching the Seahawks, and trying to cook things my kids will eat.