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What I've learned in all the years since I began writing is that each of us has at least one special story to tell. Some stories are sad, some funny, but all are as unique as our fingerprints. We are storytellers, every one of us. Some of us just have to write those stories down.

My first short story began with a journal entry written when I was nineteen, after a close friend of mine met with a tragic accident. Many years later, that same story became the basis for my first novel, How Far Would You Have Gotten If I Hadn't Called You Back. Many novels have followed, some inspired by events in my life, and some purely imaginative. Writing is the hardest work I've ever done, but by far the most fun.

I am a teacher and a member of the South Coast Writing Project. Over the years, I have visited many schools and worked with writers of all ages. I would love to visit your school!

TEACHERS: If your class has read one of my books, email me to set up a free Skype visit.

WOLF, the sequel to SHEEP, a California Young Reader Medal winner, is available NOW!