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. After graduating high school a solidly average student, I studied theater and creative writing in college and went on to get a graduate degree where I focused on Shakespeare. I came to New York in 1999 and for several years worked in theaters there and around the country. When I wasn’t working on plays, I tried my hand at short stories and even a few comic book scripts. 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 is 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.Read more Read less
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