Me as a Kid

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 walk after writing each day to think about the next day's section.


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.