Biography

Composing a bio about myself is probably the hardest thing I've ever written. Harder than those Shakespeare theses for Dr. Staples; certainly harder than interviewing a complete stranger for a news article.


I started writing in grammar school, when, like any good writer, I began to rip off my favorite movies, video games and television shows. The first story I can remember authoring had to do with Star Wars and was written on a page of loose leaf at my kitchen table. From there, I learned to use my mother’s word processor and would tap out one-page stories about Link from The Legend of Zelda or my favorite characters from Star Trek. (In case you haven’t sensed a theme here, I was a pretty nerdy kid.) To see some of my early work that doesn't infringe on any copyright law, click HERE and HERE.


I enjoyed my literature classes in high school and knew I wanted to pursue a degree in English. I attended Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., where I earned a B.A. in English and a minor in media studies. At the time, I worked for the college paper editing the Arts & Entertainment section and was freelancing for the Citizen’s News in Naugatuck. Nearly a year after graduation, I landed a job as the associate editor of a New Haven-based magazine. In April 2013, I was promoted to senior editor.


Though I published one piece of fiction in college, I didn’t get serious about my writing until 2008, when I read Stephen King’s autobiography/writing guide, On Writing. This book had a huge impact on me, and I became more disciplined with my work.


I have published a number of short stories, links to which can be found on the top menu bar. I am also working on several longer projects and hope to begin a relationship with a literary agent soon.


Thanks for visiting and enjoy the stories.


Affiliations

Society of Professional Journalists (2003-Present)


Sigma Tau Delta, International English Honor Society (2004-Present)


Awards and Accolades

Sacred Heart University MMAX Award: Excellence in Entertainment Writing (2003)


Sacred Heart University Rycenga Scholar (2004-05)


Archbishop Edward T. O'Meara Journalism Awards (Honorable Mention, magazine category, 2008)


Catholic Press Awards (Second place, editor, best e-newsletter, 2011)


Catholic Press Awards (Honorable mention, best photo story, 2012)


Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists (Second place, reporting -- Arts & Entertainment -- Online/Independent, 2012)


Catholic Press Awards (Second place, general excellence [as part of staff], 2013)




My official portrait for An Honest Lie Volume 2. (Photo by Mathew Duman) Click to enlarge.





My official portrait for Shadowplay/Dark Doorways. (Photo by Mathew Duman) Click to enlarge.