About Me

Here are a few potentially interesting things about me: 

  • I'm originally from the suburbs just south of Richmond, VA. I currently live in the great, tiny state of Rhode Island. 

  • I started writing because of a 7th grade homework assignment. My teacher Denise Stewart  (A towering woman with incredible diction and a mass of curls who, in my memory, looks exactly like Lynn Redgrave)  told me my story was good and that I should consider continuing to write. I've been taking her advice for roughly the last 27 years.

  • Towards the end of Junior High I attended the University of VA's Young Writers Workshop, which is basically writers' camp. It was exactly as nerdy and as utterly fantastic as you might imagine. If you're a teen into writing, definitely check it out.

  • During High School, when not writing, I was pretty wrapped up in the process of becoming a big ol' theater nerd. I wrote stuff and directed plays and performed in shows like Indians, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Taming of the Shrew, The Man of La Mancha and various others.

  • After HS I went to study acting at East Carolina University then moved to New York right after that to ply my new trade. A few years later writing reared it's head again and I left NY and headed out to UC San Diego where I got an MFA in playwriting.

  • A year or so after grad school I started reading books from writers like M.T. Anderson, KL Going, and David Almond and was blown away by the quality of writing that was going on for teen audiences. I was hooked.

Bonus Random Facts:

  • I know how to escape from a straitjacket while suspended from the ceiling by my ankles. I can also eat fire, walk on broken glass and hammer a nail all the way up into my nose.

  • My favorite movie is either The Outsiders or Harold and Maude or The Fisher King. I can never decide which. Oh! Maybe it's My Dinner with Andre. Have you seen My Dinner with Andre? You totally should. Team Wally!

  • I can't honestly point to one favorite book (I've just read way too many) but the most formative book for me, the book that made me a reader and eventually a writer, was The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper.

  • I'm torn as to whether the coolest human being to ever live is A) Tom Waits or B) Prince.

  • I bake to relax. My triple chocolate espresso cookies will renew your faith that there is something good and holy in this barbaric world.

  • I've known three of my current best friends since I was 15.

  • Apparently I like writing about my animals. Hopkins the cat in Magisterium is based on my cat Henry. Bear the dog in The Darkest Path is based on my dog Rosie.