1. Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I graduated from college with a Masters in History and did a really weird thing. I wrote a novel. Seven years later I got it published by a small printer in Chicago. Three years after that I got my break with Tobacco Sticks and ended up with a two book deal with Bantam. I really do three things. Bike, Write, and read. Boring huh. But it works for the writing.
2. Describe your book ‘The Pitcher’ in 30 words or less.
Ricky Hernandez is a pitcher. He has an arm like a rocket and dreams of making the high school baseball team. His dying mother enlists the broken down World Series pitcher who lives across the street to coach Ricky. He shows him how to achieve his dreams and break through the hell of organized kid sports
3. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Rewriting. The chapters are very short and that makes it difficult
4. What books have had the greatest influence on you?
Anything F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote. After that I would say Faulkner, Joyce, Kerouac, Hemingway, Franzen, Wallace.
5. Briefly share with us what you do to market your book?
Everything. Social media. Reviews. Radio. You name it I do it.
6. How do you spend your time when you are not writing?
Biking and hanging witht the family and friends.
7. What are you working on next?
I have another book coming out in the spring called One Up