I grew up in Florida, mostly on the Gulf Coast: St. Pete, Tampa, and Tallahassee. I earned my B.A. in Creative Writing at the University of South Florida, and wound up staying for an M.A. and Ph.D. in English. I'm currently Professor of English at The University of Akron in Northeast Ohio, where I teach writing, cultural studies, and film. It's a good gig, though not the only one I've ever lucked into: I cut down trees and built culvert dams for the Florida Forestry Department, and was a contributing editor on Beijing’s Olympic Bid for the 2008 Games.
Bill and I (and our dog) live in a 100-year old house in Akron, and we get to see our sons often, though they're busy with things like playing jazz in Chicago and working on MBA degrees. My debut novel, Daughter of Providence, has just been published by The Overlook Press (August 2011), and I'm currently writing a young adult trilogy.