So here's the deal

I’m a journalist, author and editor who has written books for kids and adults. I’ve written for publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Discover, Wired, Saveur, This Old House, and other publications for both for adults and children. I’ve won Educational Press Awards, and been featured twice in the annual anthology, Best American Science Writing.

I've also done a little ghostwriting. Actually, a lot of ghostwriting. The stories I could tell you!

Growing up in New Jersey, I was obsessed with books and reading. Mostly genre fiction. Mystery and detective fiction, in particular. That interest has stayed with me all my life, and influenced the course of my own fiction. More recently, one of my short stories won the 2015 Derringer Award for short mystery fiction, another was shortlisted for the 2014 Derringer Award, and a third was chosen by author James Patterson for the prestigious anthology, Best American Mystery Stories 2015.

In 2003 I went on a perilous journey to research the life of the mathematician, Leonardo Fibonacci. I sold my house and moved to Italy, where, in order to survive, I was forced to drink foamy cappuccinos, and eat crispy pizza, richly sauced pasta and the occasional gelato in search of the story. At long last I escaped by building a giant raft out of empty cannoli shells, which I used to sail back to the land of E. Pluribus Unum. Fully recovered from my dangerous adventures, I live with my wife—the author Denise Kiernan—in North Carolina.

 

current obsessions:

Model trains, fonts, notebooks, fountain pens, pencils, letterpress printing, book cover design, all things stationery. This could all change next week.

 

My nonfiction has appeared in:

  • AAA Go Magazine
  • American Photographer
  • Cadillac Vision
  • Child
  • Discover
  • E-Shopper
  • Garden Design
  • Groom
  • Hachette Filipacchi Magazines
  • Mercedes Momentum
  • Money.com
  • New Jersey Monthly
  • New York Times
  • Nickelodeon Magazine
  • OnEarth
  • Parents
  • Parks: The National Park Foundation Magazine
  • Rodale Magazines
  • Saveur
  • Seed
  • Sports Illustrated
  • Swing
  • This Old House
  • Utne Reader
  • Wall Street Journal
  • Weird New Jersey
  • Wired

My fiction has appeared or will appear in:

  • Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine
  • Beat to a Pulp
  • Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine
  • Plots With Guns
  • Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine
  • Shotgun Honey

 

Anthology Appearances

Best American Mystery Stories 2015 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Best American Science Writing (HarperCollins, 2002)

Best American Science Writing (HarperCollins, 2003)

Annual Editions, Physical Anthropology (McGraw-Hill, 2002-2003)

Simon & Schuster Handbook for Writers (Prentice Hall, 2003)

 

HONORS

Educational Press Association Award

Genesis Award, Humane Society, 2003, for article on chimp sanctuaries, Discover Magazine

Derringer Award Finalist, 2014, for "Bloody Signorina," Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine (September 2013).

Derringer Award Winner, 2015, for "How Lil' Jimmie Beat the Big C," Shotgun Honey (May 12, 2014).

Mathical Honor Book, for Blockhead: The Life of Fibonacci (named April 2015)

 

RECENT GUEST POSTS/INTERVIEWS

 

FOR The signer books

Newsday: "As It Says in the Declatution..."

Quirk Books Blog: "The 40th Signer Finally Gets a Marker on His Gravestone."

 

For The Money Book for Freelancers

The Wealthy Freelancer: Time Is Not Money. Sleep Is.

Get Rich Slowly: Welcome to Generation App

Dale Siegal: Interview with Authors of The Money Book

Fresh Thinking: Five Money Mistakes Freelancers Make

 

On Writing

Buzz, Balls & Hype: Do Your Next Signing at a Non-Bookstore

 

For BLOCKHEAD: THE LIFE OF FIBONACCI

I.N.K.: The Birth of a Blockhead

Cynsations: Math Phobia

Italian Notebook: Pisa’s Mathy Bonehead

 

On MY FICTION

EQMM's Something is Going to Happen: Analog Ellery and the Paperback Hoarder

The Next Big Thing: Self-Interview