Meet a new author of gasp-inducing YA thrillers.

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began writing books in Sharpie on the backs of Starbucks pastry bags. He’s sorry if it distracted him from making your latte. Raised in an Illinois farm town, his desire for more took him to Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles, where he currently lives.

After graduating Chapman University’s film and theatre departments, he worked as an improv comic and script reader. He delights in bringing this experience to his fiction, hiding humor within the horror. His short story was nominated by Writer’s Digest for Best Science Fiction Story of 2015. He’s participated in AWP, Pitch Wars, and FlameCon—New York’s first LGBTQ geek convention. His non-fiction has appeared in USA Today and the Los Angeles Times. He currently writes content for ATTN:, an issues-driven social media video creator.

A tirelessly active citizen of the YA community, he’s also politically active. He’s marched on Washington for gay rights, canvassed for Equality California, and even got himself blocked by Roseanne for breaking the news that she harassed a Parkland survivor. When teens are involved, he doesn’t back down.

His writing is represented by Eric Smith of P.S. Literary.





Photography by  Rainer Nicolai ,  Ian Carlos , and  Emily Barney