Born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, after attending Wake Forest University for a year, I graduate from the College of Wooster (that’s “Wuster”, not “Wooooster), in Ohio. After my youth spent going to school, doing various manual labor, aspiring to become a professional soccer player, and working odd jobs in London, New York, and other locales, I decided it was time to grow up and get real about life. So I decided to become a writer.
But becoming a writer is no easy task. As Gerald the Elephant, a character in Mo Willem’s children’s book Watch Me Throw, says about learning to throw a ball: “It takes skill. It takes practice. It takes skill and practice.”
So in the fall of 2005, I headed off to the wilds of Carbondale, Illinois—a former mining town at the edge of the Shawnee Forest in southern Illinois—to earn my MFA in Creative Writing from Southern Illinois University, in an English department where the likes of John Gardner, Charles Johnson, and Richard Russo had once graced the halls. At SIU I immersed myself in three activities: reading, writing, and road biking. By the end of my program, I’d read the Russians, Saul Bellow, Patricia Highsmith, and a smattering of others; written a 600-page novel full of love, fantasy, and whimsy; and learned how to maintain a pedal cadence of 90-plus RPMs.
After grad school, I lived in Chicago with my wife and family, where I worked at interactive agencies—including Razorfish—writing video and audio scripts, web copy, content for mobile applications, and coordinating digital content production for clients including Allstate, Abbott Laboratories, and Harley-Davidson.
In the spring of 2011, I took a Sr. Content Strategist position with HUGE, a young and ambitious interactive agency, in their growing Los Angeles office, and my wife and I hauled our young family across the country and up a flight of sixty steps to a little tree house on a hillside in Silver Lake.
In May of 2012, I set off to become a full-time freelance writer. Since that time, I’ve written business pitches, Creative briefs, a 50 page eBook and other commercial copy.
My non-fiction has appeared in Grantland, ESPN.com, The New York Times, and other publications. And I’m currently working to sell a new novel, a mystery about a young man who must unite his divided family to solve his father’s murder and save him from eternal suffering.
If you want to get in touch with me, check out my contact page. I’m usually working at home, at my desk on the porch, with the door open all day to the sunshine and bird songs.