You know the part about me being a textbook writer, so let's skip over that for now. Here's some other stuff.

I was born in Brooklyn, NY, and my family lived in Mississippi and Colorado before moving back to New York and settling in the suburbs north of New York City. As a kid my favorite books were action stories and outdoor adventures: sea stories, searches for buried treasure, sharks eating people, that kind of thing.
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Probably my all-time favorite was a book called Mutiny on the Bounty, a novel based on the true story of a famous mutiny aboard a British ship in the late 1700s. Anything about baseball was also huge (I still have my baseball card collection, if anyone wants to do a little trading).

I went to Syracuse University, then moved to Washington, D.C., and worked for an environmental group called the National Audubon Society. Then, when my brother Ari graduated from college a few years later, we decided to move to Austin, Texas, and make movies together. We lived like paupers in a house with a hole in the floor where bugs crawled in. We wrote some screenplays, and in 1995 made our own feature film, a political comedy called A More Perfect Union, about four young guys who decide to secede from the Union and declare their rented house to a be an independent nation.

After that I moved to Brooklyn and decided to find some way to make a living as a writer. I wrote short stories, screenplays, and worked on a comic called
The Adventures of Rabbi Harvey. Meanwhile, I started working for an educational publishing company, just for the money. We'd hire people to write history textbooks, and they'd send in their writing, and it was my job to check facts and make little edits to clarify the text. Once in a while I was given the chance to write little pieces of textbooks, like one-page biographies or skills lessons. "Understanding Bar Graphs" was one of my early works.

The editors noticed that my writing was pretty good. They started giving me less editing to do, and more writing. Gradually, I began writing chapters for textbooks, and that turned into my full-time job. All the while, I kept working on my own writing projects. In 2006, after literally hundreds of rejections, my first Rabbi Harvey graphic novel was finally published.

In 2009 I wrote my last textbook. I walked away, and shall never return. But looking back, I actually feel pretty lucky to have written all those textbooks. It forced me to write every day, which is great practice. And I collected hundreds of stories that I can't wait to tell.

These days, I live with my wife, Rachel, and our two young kids in Saratoga Springs, New York. We're right down the road from the Saratoga National Historical Park, the site of Benedict Arnold's greatest - and last - victory in an American uniform. But that's not why I moved here. Honestly.
for a bit more info, check out the Q and A
Events I'll be at soon:
ALA Conference
Chicago, IL
August 2-6
SCBWI Summer Conference
Los Angeles, CA

July 22
Bethleham Public Library, Bethlehem, NY
July 26
Thalia Book Club Camp, Symphony Space, NYC
September 21
Princeton Children's Book Fest
Princeton, NJ
September 22
Eastern New York SCBWI Conference
Fishkill, NY