Growing up in New England, I went to Andover and Yale, served in the Peace Corps and graduated with a degree in film from NYU. I was in the film business in New York before moving to Chicago to work in advertising. I founded my own agency which turned out to be one of Chicago's ten top shops where I did: “Be Like Mike” for Gatorade When my partners bought me out, I moved to Virginia to fulfill a lifetime dream of writing novels. I penned a bunch but it wasn’t until my friend John Grisham took me under his wing and taught me the secrets of thriller writing that I became a published author. With "Writing With A Master" and the novel I wrote with Grisham, "Sleeping Dogs", both released in 2014 from Skyhorse, I've seen my dream come true. "Ads For God" was just published and "Say Something Funny" is coming out later in the year. I have two more books in the works, a second comic novel about advertising titled "Client From Hell" and a memoir: "I'm Not From the South But I Got Down Here As Fast As I Could". Living on a farm outside Charlottesville, my wife and I have four children, four dogs and a Sicilian donkey named Jethro.