Spent my childhood in the Mojave Desert, where I didn’t have cable and thus chose to entertain myself with books and radio. My parents assured me that I wanted to become a doctor, but a brief stint working in a hospital changed my mind.
I left the desert for university at 17, graduated from UCLA a few years later, and went to work for The Washington Post directly after. Five years later, I left the Post and started working on a book.
If I could be anything, I’d be a space explorer, but a cool one, like Jean-Luc Picard.
I’m represented by Alexandra Machinist at ICM.
Those are the basics. If you’re still burning with curiosity, here’s more:
I’ve worked as a: Motel clerk, gas station attendant, office manager, tutor, hand masseuse (don’t ask), editor and writer.
If I wasn’t a writer, I’d be: Trent Reznor, obviously.
When I was a kid I wanted to be: A pirate or a bear.
Favorite music: See my music page. No, really. Go there now.
Favorite book: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Favorite movie: Lord of the Rings Trilogy. The Hobbit is crap in comparison. CRAP. Also, The Fifth Element. Cuz Milla.
Favorite TV Shows: Well, now, where do I begin. I used to not watch TV, but then got into GoT…and Scandal…and Arrow…and Outlander…and now I don’t ever get any work done.
I live: in the SF Bay Area where I am surrounded by awesome tech nerds.
Ultimate goal in life: To own a Triumph motorcycle and race around the streets of my neighborhood at midnight while hooting and hollering and terrifying the neighbors.
Personal motto: Music is my home. (Ok, it’s not a motto, fine. Anyway, I stole it from an Alison Croggon book, take it up with her.)
Special Skills: Accents originating on the British isles. Persuading telemarketers to hang up by marketing their competitors’ products to them. Animal sounds.
Most people don’t know: I’m in love with all of my characters. Even the bad ones. Especially the bad ones.