My first book was a ripped-from-the-headlines thriller called The Triple Homicide of Indian Ripple Road. Based on the popular Choose Your Own Adventure series, it was complete with my own hand-drawn illustrations and “self-published” in my 4th-grade English class.
Since then, I’ve done a variety of work (sadly, none of which includes my own hand-drawn illustrations). I have written Web content for the powerhouse Orbitz travel site and written, edited and managed print publications for the University of Dayton. I was a regular contributor to The Catholic Telegraph, published by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and one of the oldest newspapers in the United States.
My formative years were spent in Europe’s smoky pubs and diskotheks, though I also managed to be somewhat productive. I completed an internship with the U.S. Embassy in Dublin, Ireland, and wrote a master’s thesis on the role of education in the Northern Ireland peace process.
During an internship with The Associated Press in Germany, I interviewed presidents and prime ministers, as well as the filmmaker Sönke Wortmann — who could tell I was a poor student and graciously bought me a cup of coffee. Danke schön, Herr Wortmann. I owe you one.