I was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on April 2, 1978, the first of three brothers. I've lived in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area my entire life; currently, I'm just across the border in Wisconsin, about half an hour east of the Twin Cities.
The Lies of Locke Lamora, my first novel, was bought by Simon Spanton at Orion Books in August, 2004. Prior to that I had just about every job you usually see in this sort of author bio-- dishwasher, busboy, waiter, web designer, office manager, prep cook, and freelance writer.
I'm very much your standard-issue geek-of-all-trades; I like history, literature, films, contemporary and classic Macs (huzzah beige boxes!), gaming, and game design. I collect old Choose Your Own Adventure novels and Infocom text adventure games. I'm also a volunteer firefighter-- thanks to the wonders of bureaucracy, I'm certified in both Minnesota (where I trained) and Wisconsin (where I serve).
I live with my wife Jenny, a biology major (University of Wisconsin River Falls, 2004) and eventual veterinarian. We're owned in turn by an adorable young mutt named Valkyrie, four cats (Loki, Artemis, Thor, and, god help him, Peepit), plus whatever assorted lizards, fish, and amphibians Jen has smuggled into the house this week.
Novel. The Lies of Locke Lamora. Spectra. June 2006.
Novel. Red Seas Under Red Skies. Spectra. June 2007.