I am a professional storyteller and author with a passion for the untold stories that drive us, those things that push us to grow and question ourselves and those around us, and the mysterious beauty of being in this world.
My first work of fiction, The Mysterious Divination of Tea Leaves, took me nearly 10 years of work and hundreds of rejections before finally finding a home with John Hunt Publishing in 2009.
A Heart Blown Open (Divine Arts Media, 2012) is a nonfiction memoir of Zen master Jun Po Denis Kelly Roshi, which won a Silver Medal for Excellence from the prestigious Nautilus Reviews and was a finalist for Book of the Year from IndieFab Awards.
The Heart of Zen (North Atlantic Books, 2014) was the follow up, a step-by-step approach to a growing problem in spiritual circles: integration. If spiritual awakening truly transforms every part of a life, why are we still getting caught in things like anger, shame, envy, and jealousy? In a series of lively Q&As with Jun Po Roshi, we address these questions and more.
My latest work is Not A Company Man, a novel. It explores the challenge faced by those of us told we could "be anything we want to be" if we "just put our minds to it." The book follows two brothers, one a fine artist and one a writer, in two different time periods: as young men starting out in the mid-90's, and as contemporary middle-aged men struggling to come to terms with the consequences of their choices. The novel explores the promise and the curse of following these uniquely American ideas of greatness, fame, and hard work.
To round things out, I’m a recognized master (私服) in Northern Kung Fu and an ordained Zen priest and sensei. I bring the same level of discipline and focus to my writing that I do to those two things. But just so you don’t get the wrong idea, I’m also fond of sleeping in and drinking ales, and have been known to take several uncalled for flights of fancy a day.