He was reared in a small town in the Midwest and now lives outside Chicago. After graduating with a BA, he worked in various aspects of the graphic arts for imprints of Simon and Schuster, Harcourt Brace, and Pearson Education, and wrote articles for an e-zine and trade journals. In his spare time, he researched the history of a French frigate for over a decade. The ship's story is recounted along with fascinating fictional and historical characters in his tall-ship Tween Sea & Shore Series. His debut novel, The Ship's Carpenter, won two Page Turner Finalist 2020 Awards in international competition for both writing and ebooks.