I grew up in Texas and now live with my family in Nashville and Austin. I doesn't get out much, but I did manage to get an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College. My first novel LONG GONE DADDY came out in 2006 and my sophomore effort RUNAROUND was published in March of 2007. Kirkus Reviews called me "a stong new voice in children's literature." So far, so good. Both books are published by Front Street, an imprint of Boyds Mills Press, under the editorial eye of Stephen Roxburgh.
I'm working on a new novel which I hope will be out next year. (More about that later.)
I play golf and knit and listen to some hip hop music. I make decent chicken piccata and love Mexican food.
I teach writing as an Artist in Residence for the Tennessee Arts Commission, and I volunteer with Humanities Tennessee and the Southern Festival of Books. I belong to a killer book group called the Newberians, and two terrific writing groups (one in Nashville and one in Austin).