When I was young, I wanted to be a cowboy. Then I wanted to be a baseball pitcher. Then I wanted to be an artist. None of those things worked out. I did become a teacher, and then a human resource for several corporations.
I started writing for young people thanks to baseball (that’s a long story). My first book, published in 2005, was a biography of Aung San Suu Kyi, the now-imprisoned democracy activist from Myanmar. More non-fiction books followed until, in 2012, I switched to writing middle-grade fiction.
When I’m not writing, I like to spend time with my family, read, watch baseball, play my guitar and sing, go hiking and camping, and daydream. Although daydreaming is, I believe, an important part of the writing process.
I grew up and still live in Rochester, New York, not far from the shore of Lake Ontario. My wife and I have three adult children and three grandchildren.