About Me

Serio-comic fantasy novels featuring talking swords and poop monsters. That’s what I write and no apologies are forthcoming.

Brimstone and Lily and Jasper’s Foul Tongue are available from Rare Moon Press. The third installment in the trilogy, Jasper’s Magick Corset, should be out May 2013. My  Steampunk novel Paragon of the Eccentric, a prequel to War of the Worlds, is under consideration by Tor as we speak.

I’m originally a playwright with a Theatre degree from Eastern Illinois University (John Malcovich went there, which is apt). MA in Fine Arts from the same place. A year toward an MFA in Acting at Illinois State, before giving up on it. 6 memorable years in the U.S Army, paying for that ever-so-lucrative training. 5 years on a wagon train (real covered wagons, real mules), teaching school to teenaged felons. 13,000 miles on a continuous loop from Pennsylvania to Florida, all at 4 mph.

  Picked out of a catalog by my beloved spouse (really). Living in Colorado the last 14+ years, no doubt with Janet wondering daily why she circled my name.

I teach high school Literature, Creative Writing, and Mass Media/Film, directing a Shakespeare play every year to remind my students who’s boss (that would be Will). In fact, I occasionally portray Mr. Shakespeare at Renaissance Festivals and sundry other places (eagerly awaiting my first bar mitzvah gig). I’m also a stage combat choreographer, recognized by the Society of American Fight Directors. 

Diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome in December 2006. So you can just give up on eye contact and all of those other social skills.  Sorry.

Interests: writing, Steampunk,   basset hounds, cycling, running, stage combat,   and Shakespeare.

Originally a playwright, produced in New York City, Europe, and around the U.S., with 4 dramatic volumes published so far, I’m shifting gears to try my hand at young adult fantasy novels with adult crossover appeal. I teach English at Niwot High School in Colorado, one of the higher-ranked public schools in the country.

I spent 6 years in the U.S. Army, moving from a PFC sports director to 1st Lieutenant of Infantry. Two of those years were in northern Virginia, near Bull Run, where I discovered Washington, D.C. and Civil War battlefields. I became a Confederate re-enactor and learned a vast amount of what I thought at the time was useless Civil War knowledge. Now it’s come in handy for creating Verity and her world. So now when my students ask me, “Why do we have to learn this stuff anyway?” I have a ready reply besides, “Because it’s on the test.”


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