I hail from Martha’s Vineyard, an island off the coast of Massachusetts, and graduated with honors from Harvard University, where I spent most of my time doing theatre and secretly penning unfinished novels, although I was officially getting a degree in the comparative study of religion. After that, go figure.
Moving to California, I co-founded a theater company for teens (including a young Mr. Adam Scott), then pursued (on a full fellowship) a PhD in Drama at UC Berkeley, where I showed great promise at pretentious performance art. Before academia could entirely seduce me, however, I withdrew from the program and split time between California and New York City, living a life best described decades hence if it’s ever time for a memoir.
After winning an award for my (still unproduced) screenplay The Winter Population, I recklessly moved to Los Angeles to spend a few years as a starving screenwriter. During the worst case of writers block in history, I stumbled upon the long-neglected outline to The Fool’s Tale. I was about to delete it from my hard drive when I decided to see what would happen if I went back to writing it instead.
Before I finished it, I’d fled LA to work as Literary Manager/Dramaturg for Berkeley Repertory Theatre. The Fool’s Tale was published to critical acclaim, becoming a finalist in Barnes and Noble’s Discover Great New Writers program. Revenge of the Rose followed soon after.
I spent a while living out of a backpack, traversing the Mediterranean researching Crossed: A Tale of the Fourth Crusade. Finally, after 20-odd years away, I moved back to Martha’s Vineyard. In collaboration with Chelsea McCarthy, I co-founded Shakespeare for the Masses at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, and also wrote the historical novels I, Iago and Godiva and my first contemporary/comic novel, Stepdog. This last one is about a woman who owns a dog and marries an Irish actor. As it happens, I own a dog and married an Irish actor. Coincidence?