After graduating Dartmouth College with a BA in Film Studies, I was well-prepared to find work as a butler and bartender, a cook and an EMT, a dog trainer, a driver. I washed dishes with Vin Diesel. I made movies and wrote short stories and plays, scripts and, yes, novels that more often than not featured the street mutts that had a habit of wiggling their way into whatever apartment I was living in at the time. I worked construction, loaded trucks, tutored and taught. The hardest and best work was the teaching. I started out with the Creative Arts Team, specializing in HIV/AIDS prevention and conflict resolution workshops. These days I work with organizations like Literacy for Incarcerated Teens and Behind the Book. Seeing young people learn how to tell their life stories in ways that might bring them a step closer to realizing their dreams----that's like finding treasure. I live with my family, human and canine, in New York City, which is chock-full of stories, not to mention characters.
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When we asked our authors what they were or might have been voted in HS, Paul answered that he was school president.
Other Fun Facts
- I love dogs more than people. Way way more.
- I sleep in the vampire pose, so my wife tells me.
- I consider dog hair an accessory.
- I have size 13 feet.
- My feet smell not as bad you would think size 13 feet would smell.
- If I were a superhero, I would be Pizza Man and I would be able to eat four pizzas a day and gain no weight.
- If you can only read one of my books before TBF you should read When Friendship Followed Me Home, because the dog in it is based on one of my real life dogs, and everybody loves him in real life, so I figure maybe you'll love him too, even in the pages of a book. Plus, he looks like an Ewok. There's a picture of him in the book on page 47. His name is Nice Guy Eddie, from the movie Reservoir Dogs.