I was born and raised just outside of St. Louis, Missouri. I was the baby of the family, and when I wasn’t dodging the tortures of three older siblings, I was making up stories to try and entertain whoever else would listen to me.
I began teaching English in 2004 and started work on my first novel, POWERLESS, around the same time. As a life-long fan of comic books and pulp stories, those influences began to pop up in my work more and more.
To this day I can be found in my local comic book shop every Wednesday (that’s the day the new comics come out, for those of you not in-the-know!), and the bookshelves in our house are stuffed with the works of old-time adventure writers like Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Robert E. Howard, Fritz Leiber and Clarke Ashton Smith. If you haven’t already, I recommend you head over to the library and check them out. It’s great stuff!
My wife Alisha and I are still here in New York, with our young son Willem. I’m currently hard at work on my next novel for Knopf, which has yet to get a title (but for a hint as to what it’s about, just take another peek at that list of writers in the above paragraph!). Most days I divide my time between writing and teaching and being a generally nice family man.
If you see me in the comic shop, say hi.