My official pic. I prefer the one below!

I was born in Blacksburg, a once sleepy college town in the mountains of Southwest Virginia. I grew up thinking I wanted to be a veterinarian; organic chemistry had other ideas. But I always had stories in my head. Eventually, after a few degrees and few cool jobs—including a 10-year stint at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center—I wrote some of those stories down.

I’ve published many short stories, for both adults and teens. (You can read some of them here on my site.)

You can also catch me blogging as part of the LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY WRITERS .

Check out my Amazon Author Central page.

And, if you want to know a little about the teen me, read my letter to my 17-year-old self on DEAR TEEN ME.


Taking pictures on the LC39B, one of the two Shuttle launch pads


Oh, and if you want to know more about the dog, check out our COFFEE WITH A CANINE post.