since I can remember, I’ve wanted to write and create. My
earliest efforts were dictated to my dad—who dutifully
transcribed every word and contributed the occasional
illustration—moving to scribbling my fantastic (and rather
terrible) stories on my own.
Though I studied film and photography in both undergraduate and
graduate school (and even had a brief collegiate teaching career), I
couldn’t shake the writing bug—which any writer will tell
you is sort of like a chronic disease. Eventually I stumbled into the
journalistic career I probably should have pursued in the to begin
with; first as a freelancer and then as the editor for my hometown
newspaper outside of Buffalo, NY.
I took another brief career sidestep when I felt compelled to try to
save the world and took a job with a Los Angeles non-profit as its
media relations manager. But as any disillusioned revolutionary will
tell you, trying to make the world change wholesale is about as
practical as smashing your head against the wall. And writing—I
was still freelancing—beckoned.
In 2001, I moved back to making my bread and butter writing, becoming
staff writer for a medical publishing group in Los Angeles. While in
that position, I wrote more than 280 feature length articles until I
was promoted to editor of one of the company's magazines in late 2004.
In late 2005, I changed jobs again, but not focus. Currently, I work as
the staff writer in the communications department of a medical
malpractice insurance company.
Even with my sidesteps, writing has always dominated my life. I have
continued freelancing to this day. I was a regular reviewer for Box
Office Mojo from June 2002 to January 2005, and have had my work appear
in other venues ranging from reference books like The Encyclopedia of
Propaganda to Art Ideas magazine. I’m also in the process
of writing a horror/fantasy novel The Screaming Face and have written
numerous short stories.
When not writing, I spend my free time practicing kendo (Japanese
fencing) and watching way too many movies.