I was born in California, grew up in the Netherlands and Saudi Arabia, and
went to high school in Knoxville, TN. I spent my twenties in Chapel Hill, NC,
as a touring musician, then in Los Angeles, as a screenwriter.

I taught writing at Cornell University, where I received an MFA in fiction, and at the University of Iowa. Now, I'm living again in Chapel Hill and teaching at the University of North Carolina.  

My first novel, The Grand Tour, was published by Doubleday in 2016. The paperback is forthcoming July, 2017.