I was born to write, and no, this is not hyperbole. There has never been a time in my life when I wasn’t thinking about storytelling. I wake up with it, shower with it, sleep with it. It's really more of a curse than anything else. Before I even knew how to write my name, I was asking random people to jot down the many fictional scenarios running rampant in my head. When I couldn't find willing assistants, I used tape recorders to flush the stories out of my skull, resulting in a stack of hour-long cassettes filled with the incoherent ramblings of an overeager, ADHD-riddled preschooler. When I turned nine, I convinced my father to fly me to New York City to convince the receptionist at DC Comics headquarters to take my comic-book portfolio seriously. While that didn’t quite pan out, I knew I had a penchant for the written word when my third-grade creative writing teacher announced he had never met a student more gifted. That prompted me to query my first book to publishers at the tender age of fourteen, and by high school, I had finished my first full-length novel, The Nomad. At the University of South Florida, I received my BA in English while pursuing an MA in Ancient History. During that time, I won 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, for each of the three stories I submitted to a Masters of the Universe Fan-Fiction contest, while my horror story received runner-up for the Mary Shelley Wollstonecraft Award.

In 2017, I released the first in my fantasy series, Ages of Aenya, which stands at over 4 stars on both GoodReads and Amazon. The spin-off and follow-up to that book, The Princess of Aenya, received a number of accolades. IndieReader gave it 4.7 out of 5 stars, remarking, “Judged by top industry professionals–not as merely a great indie book–but as a great book, period,” while KIRKUS MAGAZINE, the most prestigious book review publication on the planet, included The Princess of Aenya to their list of 20 Great Indie Books Worth Discovering.

My father’s restaurant business and helping my wife raise two kids have occupied the past twenty years of my life. But I am now ready to quit my day job to fully devote myself to Aenya. The Feral Girl, a prequel to Ages of Aenya, is in the works, with many more books to come.


When I am not working on my books, I am discussing other people’s books with my good friend, Heather, in our new podcast, Story Matters! Be sure to stop by and take a listen!