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I was born in New York City in 1979, read my first book at the age of three and progressed quickly from the life lessons of Little Toot to the otherworldly epics of Brian Jacques, Terry Brooks and Stephen King. I soon began writing short stories that were, unsurprisingly, D-grade knockoffs of Brian Jacques, Terry Brooks and Stephen King. At least I aimed high.
Throughout high school, I dreamed of becoming a screenwriter, and took jobs at various production companies to learn more about the film and television industry, including one (unpaid) stint at Jon Stewart's Busboy Productions. I am proud to say I was the inspiration for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (at least in my own mind).
During my junior year in college, I decided I wanted to make the leap and become a writer. Heeding words of advice from my physician who'd written a book ('The first thing any writer needs is an agent'), I began querying literary agents. The physician neglected to mention that in order to get an agent, you needed to have an actual book. Needless to say, agents were not chomping at the bit to sign up my non-book.
After a half-hearted attempt to find an agent for my, um… nothing – I decided it could be interesting to learn more about the publishing industry from the inside. Over the summer, I took an internship at a boutique literary agency in New York, where my first day on the job consisted of lunch at Mickey Mantle's restaurant with a renowned sportswriter. Ah, the glamourous world of publishing (cough).
I interned at the agency through the fall, racking up $726,374 in E-Z Pass fees while commuting from Connecticut to New York for work and to visit my girlfriend (who later became my wife).
After graduating, I took a job as an editorial assistant at a publishing house. It was during that time that I began writing my debut thriller, The Mark. Shockingly, it was easier to land an agent with an actual manuscript, and that agent eventually sold The Mark to MIRA Books in a three-book deal.
When not writing my Henry Parker/Amanda Davies series, I still work as a book editor. I live in New York City with my college-sweetheart-turned-wife, Susan, and our dog, Wilson.