About Me

I write historical thriller novels that combine mystery, suspense, and a powerful sense of place. 

As the son of a U.S. Foreign Service officer, I grew up in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. and a long list of extraordinary places, from the Philippines, Myanmar, and Germany to the Soviet Union, Cuba, and Nicaragua. At embassies staffed by diplomats, marines, and spies, I was surrounded by secrets. 

My Story

I always wanted to write novels. Life took me in other directions first. I’ve been a newspaper reporter, a political science lecturer, and a medical practice manager. I once played bass guitar in a rock band. I've written poetry. (You can read some of my poems here.) 

The first novel I wrote, a historical mystery, took me more than ten years to finish. I found a literary agent to represent me. A few editors at publishing houses liked the manuscript, but they didn’t think they could sell it, so they passed. 

I was discouraged. But I plowed on. I started working on a new book. It was a thriller rooted in my own experiences growing up abroad, and inspired by the music I loved. When I finished writing it, I had a revelation. I didn't want to take the traditional route to publishing again. I didn't want to jump through all the same hoops or give up all my rights to the finished product. Instead, I decided to publish it myself. 

Back in the USSR came out at the end of 2022. I had lots of help, including from my wife (the sharpest reader I know) and two adult children (both wonderfully creative). It was named a semifinalist in Publishers Weekly’s BookLife Prize. Now my second book in the Sing & Shout series is out, and I'm writing a third. I'm also revising the historical mystery I wrote all those years ago, and I'm brainstorming an alternate-history fantasy series.

I live in Massachusetts, and when I'm not writing I can be found haunting coffee shops, taking long walks with my wife, and practicing martial arts.