I was born in Nashville, and raised in Cupertino, CA. I’ve been married 35 years to Catherine (who goes by Cat), an accountant and photographer. We lived in San Diego for nineteen years before moving to Asheville, NC, in August 2015.
I began my writing career by publishing, in the early 1990’s, a dozen short stories in as many little literary magazines. After moving to San Diego in 1996, I became a freelance writer for quite literally every publication in that city, including San Diego Magazine, The San Diego Union-Tribune, San Diego Jazz and Blues, Mean Street, and The San Diego Reader (which has the largest circulation of any alternative weekly publication in the country). During this time I also freelanced for websites AOL’s City Guide, Microsoft’s Sidewalk San Diego, and E! Online.
Three months into freelancing I was given a one-page column in San Diego’s largest music tabloid, SLAMM (now San Diego CityBeat); three months later I was named SLAMM’s editor.
After a year at SLAMM I was hired by The San Diego Union-Tribune as founding editor and primary writer for their then-new $4 million website. There (and always under the watchful scrutiny of a phalanx of the newspaper’s veteran print editors), I wrote and published 30,000-35,000 words per week. I also ran a weekly online column, “Cordials, Tonics & Zombies,” which received some 45,000 page views per week. It was the most read regular feature on the site.
After a year at SignOn, I took the position of managing editor of On Air, the monthly four-color subscriber magazine published by San Diego’s public broadcasting station, KPBS.
A year later I was named executive editor of San Diego’s Decor & Style magazine (148-page four-color monthly; circulation 55,000). A year after that I was hired as founding editor of a four-color magazine in San Diego called Downtown.
Following the success of Downtown I moved on to editing books—and from there to ghostwriting them, and finally to writing my own.