I've been writing almost as long as I can remember. It's all I ever wanted to do. I was born in Burlington, Iowa and grew up in Keokuk. I thought I would leave Iowa as soon as I possibly could. I went to college at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. I earned a BA and an MA at Iowa, and studied poetry at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where I earned an MFA.
I moved to New York City and worked a variety of jobs, including one at Putnam Publishing. I also was hired as a ghostwriter and a contributor on a few nonfiction books. I moved to Chicago for a few years and worked for an interactive agency. I worked as a web consultant for almost 15 years and continued to write, thinking I would never bother to publish anything.
Then I had an idea for a novel, and As Simple As Snow was published. I had some poems published in a few journals, including The Iowa Review. I have contributed to McSweeney's Internet Tendency and Rush Hour: Reckless. My second novel, The 39 Deaths of Adam Strand was published last year and is now available in papberback.