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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.


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