About

Over the years I've been an actor, musician, musical theatre writer, graphic designer and dad. Now, I'm combining all those experiences into being a writer for children.

I have several new picture books currently in development. BITTY BOT, with illustrations by Tad Carpenter, arrives October 4, 2016 through Paula Wiseman Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. A sequel to BITTY BOT will follow in 2018.

WATERSONG, with illustrations by Richard Smythe, is due out January 2017 also through Paula Wiseman Books.

BARNYARD BOOGIE!, with illustrations by Allison Black, is due out May 2017 through Abrams Appleseed.

JACK B. NINJA, with illustrations by Stephen Savage, is due out Fall 2017 through Cartwheel Books, an imprint of Scholastic, Inc.

My debut picture book, TEENY TINY TRUCKS, released in October 2013 as a hardcover book and as an interactive, musical iPad app. Kirkus Reviews called TEENY TINY TRUCKS "a delightful story" and "a clever rhyming adventure."

In 2004, I wrote and produced the off-off Broadway musical, THE COSMIC CALAMITIES OF HENRY NOODLE. And, I used to play accordion for a folk band called the Hobo Nickels. Along with composing songs for iPad story apps and picture book trailers, I have created jingles for the Picture Book Summit, 12x12, and Katie Davis’s Brain Burps About Books podcast.

After growing up in Missouri, I spent my undergrad years at TCU, then earned an MFA in Dramatic Writing for Musical Theatre from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. As a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI), I serve as Assistant Regional Adviser for the San Francisco/South chapter. I currently live very happily in San Jose, California with my wife and two kids.

Photo: Coriander Stasi