Words terrified me when I was a child.
Reading terrified me when I was young. I felt dumb, as if a part of me was broken, unable to write correctly, praying every day my teacher wouldn't call on me to read out loud. So I hid from the world of words and then math and found other ways to express myself and demonstrate my intelligence. It wasn't until I applied to college a decade later that I'd learn I was severely dyslexic. So, to be an author now? Well, never say never.
My career would arc through the ranks of designer, animator, editor, and creator of the entertainment industry's go-to software for creative collaboration. I surrounded myself with storytelling, yet never my own. So when a random bedtime story turned episodic, my oldest daughter suggested I write a book. Somehow, I agreed.
In the end, I was left with the manuscript for Clara Poole and the Long Way Round, and a portal adventure series called The Land of Ends. I recently finished my third book Sprout. I only wish I started sooner.
I find endless joy in writing for middle-grade readers, who are no longer children but not quite adults. It is a bridge in time before self-awareness and teen relationships take over when things like magic still have profound importance. I hope my stories help keep that moment around a little longer.
When I am not writing, I create horrible songs to embarrass my two daughters and drive my beautiful wife to question why she ever married me.
My favorite things
Phantom Tollbooth, The Secret History, Harry Potter, Watership Down, The Hobbit, The Ten Thousand Doors of January, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, A Monster Calls, The Alchemist, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.
Goonies, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Big Fish, Super 8, Edward Scissorhands, Raiders of the Lost Ark, JAWS.
THINGS WE NEED MORE OF (In no order)
Nonsense, egg sandwiches, original music, new old-sounding R&B, thunderstorms, fish n' chips, quokkas, snorkeling, ski-trips, Belgian ale, dogs, Foo Fighters, fried chicken, Lyle Lovett, a bit of daily wonder, and a whole lot of gratitude.
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