I’m the author of three young adult novels: The Scar Boys (Lerner Publications), a finalist for the American Library Association’s 2014 Morris Award for best debut teen fiction; its sequel, Scar Girl (Lerner Publications); and Life in a Fishbowl, (Bloomsbury), which published in the U.S. in January 2017 and has been published in 12 languages and 18 countries. I have two more books scheduled for publication, Hard Wired from Bloomsbury (April 2020), and a book in collaboration with the awesome bestselling young adult author, Julie Halpern, coming from Feiwel & Friends (2021) .
Before all that, I dropped out of NYU film school in the 1980s to play guitar and write songs for the punk-pop band, Woofing Cookies. My experience with the Cookies was the inspiration for The Scar Boys. I spent the next 30 years working in a variety of jobs in the book industry, and today, along with my wife and partner in all crimes and misdemeanors, Kristen Gilligan, am the owner of the Tattered Cover Bookstores in Denver.
I hardly ever gets to use my blackbelt in Taekwondo (you can still beat me up, but I’m going to look good while you do it), and spends my free time playing ice hockey. Kristen, our two sons, very energetic dog, Shea, and I live on the coolest cul-de-sac in Colorado. You can find us there making S’mores with their neighbors many summer and fall nights.
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