A former crime reporter, political writer and investigative journalist, I’m now a full-time novelist.
I was born and raised in Texas, but I’ve always wandered. I’ve never done anything much for a living except write. In my deep and distant past, I worked for several US newspapers, including the Savannah Morning News and the Dallas Morning News. For a few years I was a stringer for Reuters in New Orleans.
Later on, I wrote a few books about travel in Paris and Ireland for Time Out and Frommers. And, for a little while, I even worked for the British government.
But that’s another story.
I always hoped someday I would write a novel. But I was busy. In 2011 I finally got around to it. Night School was my first novel. I wrote it all in one long, warmish English summer.
The Night School series has been translated into twenty-two languages so far.
A newspaper interview
Here’s an interview with me in the Independent newspaper in the UK. I talk all about the inspiration for Night School and why I made the choices I did.
A short, fun interview
Here’s a short video interview – it’s only 90 seconds long! – with me about how I came up with the idea for the Night School series and my advice for aspiring writers.
A Night School movie
There is no film deal for the Night School books yet. I’d love for it to happen but the right deal hasn’t come along. I get asked a LOT who I would want to be in such a film were it to happen.
And then join in the non-stop discussion on my blog and Facebook page!
Talking Night School on BBC Radio
Here’s an interview I did on BBC Radio Cornwall. I get to tell you who I had a crush on at 13, and why I write about murder.
All you need to know about me
I like coffee, tacos, red wine, Buffy, Game of Thrones, Dorothy Parker, F Scott Fitzgerald, the 1920s in general, Champagne, Firefly, and reading, reading, reading…
I hate flying, night clubs, traffic jams and leaf blowers.