author. writer. young adult author.



I've been a writer pretty much since the first time I started stringing words together to make sentences, but I didn't try to get published until much, much later – something for which everyone should be thankful. 

I was born in Berlin, Germany back when there was still a wall, but grew up in northern Ohio along the shore of Lake Erie, worked at Cedar Point during college, and graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in Journalism. Since then, I've been a radio personality on a morning show, a staff writer for my hometown newspaper, and a bookseller.


I have two grown children: a son who drives tugboats and a daughter who's a diamond-level Overwatch player. (She also makes soap and works in a bookstore.) When I'm not writing, I enjoy sailing, traveling, and avoiding housework. I live in Florida with two herding dogs and an erstwhile pirate.