Portrait painted by the handsome and talented Juan Carlos Sanchez Gonzalez

I was born on the west side of Cleveland, Ohio and lived there for 36 years. One day, I packed up three suitcases and my bike, boarded a plane to Germany and started over with no job lined up and no real plan.

Three culture-shocked years later, I now reside in Düsseldorf and run an English-speaking creative writing group called Power of The Pen.

Aside from writing and speaking broken German, I am a dog lover, a passionate cook, a metal/prog rock enthusiast, coffee addict and an incurable optimist.