Who I Am
I grew up in Oak Park, Illinois, a community with rich literary tradition, where I was editor-in-chief of the same high school newspaper that Ernest Hemingway wrote for as a teen. I studied journalism at Indiana University before transferring to the School of Hard Knocks where I earned plenty of bumps and bruises and eventually an MBA.
Today, I’m published in anthologies and magazines and speak at reading conferences, literature festivals, and schools across the country. KISS OF BROKEN GLASS is my debut novel, a Florida Book Awards gold medal winner, and a YALSA 2015 Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers.
What I Write
I write contemporary realistic fiction which means no wizards, no vampires, no post apocalyptic worlds because real life is nuclear enough. I like writing about underdogs, even the ones who snarl and don’t want to be rescued. Because let’s face it, underdogs are a lot more interesting than those fluffy pedigrees with pom poms and perfect teeth.