I was born, raised and educated in Iowa, concentrating on the visual arts. I have a BFA in design and drawing from the University of Iowa in Iowa City (missed the Writers Workshop altogether... too bad!) I then moved to Sweden to do graduate work in scene painting. I never completed that degree or painted a single set, but worked as an illustrator and designer in Malmö, Sweden for nine years. New York City was next, and I continued working in print design. It was during this period that I became passionate about writing and eventually received am MFA in Creative Writing at Goddard College in Vermont. "The Stockholm Octavo" is my first novel.