In fourth grade I got my first taste of seeing my writing in print, and I've been hooked ever since. From that essay about my next-door neighbor's newborn baby, I went on to write for my high school paper, my college newspaper (the Augustana Observer), and my own music blog (3 Minutes, 49 Seconds).
I published my first book in 2018. Eleanor Cameron: Dimensions of Amazement(University Press of Mississippi) is a in-depth biography of the pioneering children's author and critic.
My second book, The Hopefuls: Chasing a Rock 'n' Roll Dream in the Minnesota Music Scene, follows four Twin Cities musicians and their (mis)adventures in the 1990s and 2000s independent music scene. It was released in the fall of 2018 by McFarland & Company.
I Can Read It All By Myself: The Beginner Books Story (University Press of Mississippi, 2021) is a comprehensive history of Random House's groundbreaking early reader series, which ties in nicely with my day-to-day work as an reading specialist.
I was born in Kentucky, grew up in central Illinois, and spent my reckless youth in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. I currently live in Normal, Illinois with my wife and two sons; two cats; and way too many records, books, and comic books.