About Me

cropped-RCR-EG-head-v2.jpgI aim to tell stories that I would want to read: fun, page-turning, and filled with characters I care about. I have no strong allegiances to genre; my writing is a mix of mystery, suspense, and literary. I prefer to write novels but I enjoy writing and reading short stories as well as non-fiction histories.

 

My life’s work is not writing, but as a clean energy entrepreneur building Carbon Lighthouse.

 

I believe, as Faulkner said, that the problems of the human heart in conflict with itself alone make good writing.

 

My most recent novel, Sink, draws heavily from my professional and personal experiences. I have worked at hedge funds and small businesses for a decade, and I spent a year in 2007-8 living in Buenos Aires, at the time Sink is set. I published several articles on Argentine politics and I keep abreast of its ceaseless train of scandals, and as a result the pulse and beauty and shame of Argentina live in full color in my memory. My daily work experiences make me well attuned to the pressures of running a business as well as the hubris of large financial institutions, fundamental features of the novel. Ultimately, I wrote this novel out of: 1) a love and sadness for Argentina and 2) the pleasure that came from imagining my own adventures if I found half a million dollars in a former boss’s bathroom.

 

My favorite novels, in order, are:

  1. The Great Gatsby
  2. The Catcher in the Rye
  3. One Hundred Years of Solitude
  4. Grapes of Wrath
  5. When She was Good
  6. The Adventures of Augie March
  7. Lolita
  8. Anna Karenina
  9. Norwegian Wood
  10. A Farewell to Arms

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