I grew up on a small farm in northwest Ohio and spent most of my youth writing doodling, taking pictures, reading and exploring the surrounding landscape. With a family full of teachers, I also grew up around a culture supportive of education. I was active in athletics and art in high school before heading of the Ohio State University where I studied agricultural communications. This led to a career in agricultural journalism.
I am 31 years old and continue to work on the family farm on a regular basis. I have been married for six years to my wonderful wife Kristin who has been supportive of my aspirations regarding the world of children’s literature. We have a daughter Campbell Miriam who was born in the fall of 2007. We are active in our local church and with numerous other organizations.

I have served as the assistant editor for Ohio’s Country Journal, a statewide agricultural publication for more than nine years. I also write a column for numerous newspapers around Ohio, Fresh Country Air, and do freelance work.

• Bachelor of Science in the field of Agricultural Communications from The Ohio State University in 1999.
• Master of Science in the field of Agricultural Education from The Ohio State University in 2004 with a thesis project “Communication Behaviors, Traits and Information Sources of Ohio’s Creative Farmers.”

Activities of note/ hobbies
• Volunteered to help with numerous funding and educational efforts for FFA and 4-H.
• Small group leader and youth coach for Grace Bible Church.
• Public speaking.
• Guitar song writing and performing.
• And of course, writing and illustrating books.