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Biography and Influences

I am living the dream, pursuing a challenging, rewarding, and successful career as a writer. In addition to writing novels, short stories, and poetry, I also write stories for motion pictures and theatre.

Books Published

Grace: Stories and a Novella (Chicago Arts Press, 2019)

A Fine Line: A Sebastian Drake Novel (Chicago Arts Press, 2017)

No Turning Back: Stories (Chicago Arts Press, 2014)

Recalled to Life: A Novel (Eckhartz Press, 2013)

The First 60 Seconds: Win the Job Interview Before It Begins (Sourcebooks, 2009)

Books Awaiting Publication


A Necessary Explosion: Poems (Chicago Arts Press, 2020)

GRACE: A Play (Chicago Arts Press, 2020)

Where is Dennis DeYoung? A Short Film Screenplay (Chicago Arts Press, 2020)

A Perfect Circle: A Sebastian Drake Novel (Spring 2021)

Elderworld: A Novel (2022)



Stage Plays


GRACE: A timeless story of love, betrayal, and redemption (2018 - pre-production).

One Step Back: A collection of short plays for the stage (2017)

Other Writing Appearing in Anthologies or Magazines

Thoughts on a Summer Afternoon (After Hours: A Journal of Chicago Writing and Art, Issue 31, Summer 2015)
Grace (Write City Review, Inaugural Edition, Summer 2018)

First Class (Write City Magazine, June 2018)

Writing Contests and Awards

A Fine Line (Novel) - Finalist, 2017 Best Book Awards - 2017 "Top 50 Fiction Books," Conversations Magazine


Recalled to Life (Screenplay) - Finalist, Best Screenplay – 2017 Naperville Independent Film Festival


Out of Touch (Screenplay) - Official Selection – 2015 Chicago REEL Shorts Film Festival

A Fine Line (Screenplay) - Winner, Best Screenplay – 2014 Naperville Independent Film Festival; "Top 100 Films" – 2013 Emerging Screenwriter's Screenplay Competition; Semi-Finalist, Best Screenplay – 2013 Chicago Screenwriters Network Screenplay Competition

No Turning Back: Stories (Chicago Arts Press, 2014) - Winner - The 9th Annual 2015 National Indie Excellence® Awards – Short Story Category; Finalist – 2014 USA Best Book Awards – Fiction: Short Story Category; Honorable Mention – 2014 Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year Awards

The First 60 Seconds: Win the Job Interview Before It Begins - Bronze Medal – 2010 Axiom Business Book Awards – Career Category

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