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 am the author of BITTY BOT, with illustrations by Tad Carpenter, BARNYARD BOOGIE, illustrated by Allison Black, and WATERSONG with illustrations by Richard Smythe, which received a starred review from Kirkus.

Coming in early 2018, be on the look out for JACK B. NINJA, with illustrations by Stephen Savage, BOING! with illustrations by Jorge Martin, and Bitty Bot's next book, BITTY BOT'S BIG BEACH GETAWAY.

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