I'm a husband, a father, an author, and a designer. I'm a not-terrible first baseman, a competent-at-best drummer, a three-time college dropout. I collect (and use) pencils like a fiend. I've worked as a creative director, an art director, a copywriter, a book cover designer. I was born in Texas, raised there and in Alaska, and eventually left both places. Nevada, Washington, and California have been home at various points. These days my family and I live in Scappoose, Oregon, where I do my writing in Hill House, our (sometimes) creepy house on a lovely hillside. On clear days, I can see Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens, and Mt. Adams from my front yard.
I wrote my first novel just after high school. Each chapter begins with a Counting Crows lyric. (New writers, one piece of advice: don't do that.) I wrote two more bad novels after that one, and in 2001 began writing Eleanor, which set me on a nearly fifteen-years long journey. In 2014, I self-published the novel; in 2016, it was republished by Crown Publishing. It has since been translated into German, Turkish, and Portuguese.
Between 2013 and 2014, I self-published several novels, including Greatfall, a book set in the world that Hugh Howey created with Wool. My short stories are collected in Deep Breath Hold Tight, and have appeared in Lightspeed Magazine as well as the anthologies Loosed Upon the World and Help Fund My Robot Army.
My young adult debut, Awake in the World, is is available now from Roaring Brook Press. I'm presently working on two new projects—a young adult novel, and something else that's still rather shapeless.