First and foremost, I am an aspiring novelist. My goal in writing has been multi-faceted. There is nothing I enjoy more than telling a story that can capture an audience, and as someone who was once a young boy myself, I have a passion for getting boys engulfed in the thrills of reading from a young age—particularly about history, and the types of historical figures that you can learn a thing or two from, i.e. Benjamin Franklin and Theodore Roosevelt.
I also discovered in my exploration as a writer that my sense of humor seems to be stuck in around the 8-12 year old range, so middle grade has always called to me.
But I also just love to entertain. A story can be as educational as you want, but if it doesn’t hold a reader’s attention, then it will get lost among the endless supply of stories out there. That’s why my historical fiction isn’t just “boring ol’ History,” but is injected with an assortment of fantasy, humor and plenty of bizarre things that actually did happen (like using Capuchin monkeys to steal powdered wigs).
In addition to writing, I am the Director of Contests and Conferences at Gotham Writers Workshop in New York City, and am the creator of the Gotham Writers Conference, which is the greatest writing conference you can ever go to, so check it out.
I also teach Blog Launch, Blog Boost I and Blog Boost II and Proofread. I’m an assistant editor at Del Sol Review, an assistant at the quarterly New York Pitch Conference and a former literary assistant at Talcott Notch Literary Services. And because I love reading other people’s stories so much, I’m a Manuscript Evaluator at Writers Clearinghouse.
I also have the fortune of calling myself a professional writer. It’s all I do. I have made a living as a soccer writer (call it football if you want, I won’t fight you) covering the most beautiful game. I have spent over five years as site expert at Pain in the Arsenal and now run Release the Knappen as well. I have also written about soccer across numerous platforms, including CBS and FourFourTwo.
My writing has appeared on the Guardian, The Writer Magazine, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, ScreenRant, Hobart and more.