Since I was a little boy toddling around Boston, I’ve loved reading, writing, great fiction, history, current events, and piles and piles of books. However, becoming an author has been an unorthodox journey.
In addition to diving into J.R.R. Tolkien, Stephen King, Robert Ludlum, and Bernard Cornwell long before I truly understood what I was reading, I wanted to be a US Marine. I must credit my grandparents and parents for this, and for the first ten years of my professional life, I was a Marine infantryman serving around the world both in and out of war zones. But whenever I went overseas, the books and notepads came with me.
After ten years I left the Marines, worked as a consultant for a time, and then was recruited by the CIA to be a paramilitary operations officer. I conducted activities in Central Asia, the Middle East, East Africa, and Europe, but I won’t go into the details of my time with the Agency except to say that this was when I started gravitating toward becoming a professional writer.
My debut novel, Landslide, released on 20 September 2022. My next novel, The Underhanded, will hit the shelves in April 2024. The sequel to Landslide is in progress … I also co-authored the non-fiction book Open Skies: My Life as Afghanistan’s First Female Pilot with Niloofar Rahmani.
In addition to being an author, I’ve also worked with other writers as a developmental editor on books concerning the Kennedys and the Vietnam War, as well as forthcoming science fiction and fantasy novels. I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with Robert Ludlum’s former editor, Richard Marek, and the professionals who brought Die Hard, Death Wish, and American Sniper from print to screen. To say I feel lucky would be an understatement.
I received both my bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Georgetown University and now live on the West Coast. You can find a list of my favorite books and those I consider noteworthy under The Reading Corner (which I need to update!). Feel free to check back frequently for updates and new reviews.