Me in Italy, on the Isle of Capri, 2016

Dear Curious Browser,

I am an avid reader, writer, and life-long mistake-maker. I hope you are too.

Here I am to your left, enjoying an espresso on the Isle of Capri during my first visit to Italy in the summer of 2016.

I love to write! For a somewhat accurate bibliography of my publications, visit the Speculative Fiction Writers Database.

Maybe you’re thinking this is not a very professional author’s homepage. To you I say, well, yeah, I kind of agree. But here’s a little about me and my writing career anyway:

My short stories have appeared in many magazines and anthologies, among them The Year’s Best Science Fiction, The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, and The Best Alternate History Stories of the 20th Century. I’ve been nominated for the Hugo, HOmer, and World Fantasy awards, and my first two novels, A Small and Remarkable Life and Valley of Day-Glo, both received nominations for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel of the Year.

I earned my bachelor’s degree in English from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York, and a master’s in Liberal Studies from SUNY Empire State College. My many jobs have included paperboy, construction worksite gopher, dishwasher (at a Catholic seminary), creative writing professor, education director for a non-profit literary center, indie bookstore owner, and, most recently, senior communications program manager for a Fortune 500 company.

Check out my blog and follow me if you like. (I blog just for fun.)

Benvenuto! And thank you for visiting my website.

Most of my ancestors emigrated from Sicily. The ancient Romans called Sicily the “Trinacrium,” or the “star with three points.” The word “trinacria” means triangle and refers to the shape of the island. The symbol is the head of the Medusa with three bent running legs and three stalks of wheat. It is the symbol on the Sicilian flag, and you’ll see many different and interesting variations of it all over Sicily.