I grew up in a blue-collar suburb of Cleveland called Parma where I used to write stories in a bedroom closet (aka my writer’s office). I tried to get my first novel – a 40 page handwritten story called “I am the Only One Left” - published when I was thirteen. As you can probably guess, it was rejected!
It took about twenty years before I finally had my first published book, Trouble Don’t Last (Knopf, 2002). Since then, I’ve written four more novels.
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