A Little Bit About Me...

 I am a storyteller, always have been. I knew I wanted to be an author when I was 10-years-old and participated in a "Young Authors’ Day" workshop! I even wrote stories in my spiral-bound notebook and read them to my friends at recess. I love sharing my imagination and creativity with young readers!

Here are some fun facts about me:

  • I am also a cartoonist (although I do not, currently, do the art for my books)
  • I love playing board games and role-playing games, like Dungeons & Dragons. They have helped me become a better storyteller
  • My wife is also a published children’s book author and together we have SIX children! We’re like the modern Brady Bunch!
  • I love dogs (we’re getting a new puppy in the spring)
  • I was a platoon leader in the Army and jumped out of airplanes. I lived in South Korea for almost two years. I’ve even driven a tank!
  • I once hiked an active volcano
  • When I was growing up, I was really, really into skateboarding 
  • I love cheese and do NOT love mayonnaise
  • I am kind of (VERY) afraid of sharks
  • I moved a LOT before high school (like almost 14 times)!
  • I can fly small, fixed-wing aircraft
  • I have my MA in Writing (Rowan University) AND my MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults (Vermont College of Fine Arts)
  • I teach creative writing at Rowan University and I am a faculty member at Sierra Nevada College’s low-residency MFA program
  • One of my favorite books is The Hobbit
  • Sushi and Tacos are two of my favorite foods
  • I love the color black (which is not a color, I know, but the absence of color)