Me as a Kid
The photos on this page are my friends and family. This one is me now :).
My Bio Page
Welcome to my website! Here's some info about me... I was born in Brooklyn and grew up in Great Neck, a suburb of New York City. I have two older brothers. As a kid, I had a lot of pets, loved to read, played piano, wrote a lot of stories and sometimes got into trouble too. My parents worked for the New York City public school system as a teacher (mom) and a guidance counselor (dad).
I went to an alternative high school without grades. I majored in math at college. I had a lot of odd jobs then including pumping gas one summer at Yellowstone Park. After college, I volunteered for a year as a teacher in Haiti, then went on to teach high school and to help run an elementary afterschool.
I love to travel, too, and whenever I could save up money I took trips to faraway places as a backpacker.
I've been writing stories since I was in fourth grade and now, as you know, I'm a writer! This website is all about my books so I won't say more about them here. Click around! People sometimes ask about my writing method. First, I think the story through to the end. Then I do my best to plan out how to tell it while writing a few parts to understand what the story will sound like. Then I launch into the writing proper, taking a long walk after writing each day to think about the next day's section. Importantly, I have readers who read my work and critique it.
I also do storytimes for younger kids at the local library and occasionally run a workshop with four or five kids who love writing stories.
Since Angelika, my wife, comes from Austria (she's on this page with the jigsaw), I now live in the third district of Vienna, Austria. Austria borders Italy, Slovenia, Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Germany, and Switzerland. Vienna is the capital city of Austria. About 2 million people live here. The Danube river flows through its center. Here, the river is called the Donau.
The pace of life in the city is slow. Examples of how slow are: The age you need to be to ride the subway alone is 6 years old, and here they recycle not only paper, plastic, metal, and glass but also used cooking oil! German is the official language of the country but each region has its own dialect and slang. In Vienna, the German everyone speaks sounds to me something like my grandma's Yiddish.
Thanks so much for visiting my website! I hope it has all the info you’re looking for. Elsewhere on the web you can watch a 30 minute interview with me that aired on Ohio NPR (skip to 10:30 for a discussion of The Witch's Guide to Cooking with Children), read my occasional blog, or read my 10 blog posts on Tor.com.