I’m a writer, a husband, a father, a public administrator, and a science fiction/horror geek since toddlerhood. My first novel, Fat White Vampire Blues, published by Del Rey/Ballantine Books in 2003, was widely described as “Anne Rice meets A Confederacy of Dunces.” It won the Ruthven Award for Best Vampire Fiction of 2003. Its sequel, Bride of the Fat White Vampire, was published in 2004. The Good Humor Man, or, Calorie 3501, was published by Tachyon Publications in April, 2009. It was selected by Booklist as one of the Ten Best SF/Fantasy Novels of the Year and was nominated for a Prometheus Award. My latest book to hit print and pixels is the Civil War steampunk suspense novel Fire on Iron, published as both a trade paperback and an ebook by MonstraCity Press. MonstraCity Press will also publish my next novel, the third in the Fat White Vampire/Jules Duchon series, Fat White Vampire Otaku, in the spring of 2014.
I was born in Miami Beach in 1964. My earliest exposure to the fantastic was watching the epic Japanese horror flick Destroy All Monsters at a drive-in movie theater at the age of three in the back of my parents’ convertible. In 1994, after writing an imposingly long (and failed) mainstream novel, I decided to return to my earliest love, and I joined award-winning science fiction author George Alec Effinger’s monthly writing workshop group in New Orleans. In 2003, I married Dara, and we now have three wonderful sons — Levi, Asher, and Judah. In 2009, we relocated to Northern Virginia so that I could take a job with a federal crime prevention agency. Prior to this, I’d worked many years for the Louisiana Office of Public Health and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. I’ve also bagged groceries, sold Saturn cars, taught musical theater to summer campers, been a traveling mime, worked as an adjunct to a rabbi at a Hillel Center, done mindless data entry, sung in a choir, organized a public advocacy campaign against holiday gunfire, and collected more than 250 vintage laptop and palmtop computers.