About me

I’m a fiction writer, essayist, screenwriter and editor. Find my complete CV here.

My novel Solitaire is published by Small Beer Press. Solitaire is a New York Times Notable Book and a Borders Books Original Voices selection, and was a finalist for the Nebula, Spectrum and Endeavour awards.

My stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies in the United States, Europe, Australia and Japan, won the Astraea Award and been finalists for the Nebula and James Tiptree awards. My collection Dangerous Space is published by Aqueduct Press.

My story “Alien Jane” was adapted for television. A film adaptation of Solitaire is currently in development with Cherry Road Films, and I’m handling the screenplay revisions.

I’m a contributing writer and former staff writer for @U2, the world’s most popular U2 fan website.

I attended the Clarion Writers’ Workshop in Michigan in 1988, where I met my wife, novelist Nicola Griffith. We own Sterling Editing, providing editing, mentoring and coaching services to writers. If you want to make your writing better, we can help you. Come over and visit us.

I am a board member and former Board Chair of the Clarion West Writers Workshop.

I have a BA in theatre performance. I’ve hosted a syndicated radio program, crewed on more than a hundred live television sports and entertainment broadcasts, delivered flowers, built stage sets, and performed guerrilla theatre in a bikers’ bar. I had a corporate career in planning, facilitation, organizational dynamics and project management, most recently as a vice president of Wizards of the Coast, publisher of trading card and role-playing games (including Magic, Dungeons and Dragons, and Pokémon). I am the author of A Leader’s Manifesto and the creator of the Humans At Work program to help make managers better.

I like food, drink, and good conversation. I like music and books and movies. I like to dance. I like a good story. I look for joy.