was born and raised in Oakland, California, before eventually moving to
Hollywood. After earning an MFA from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television, he became a screenwriter, earning first place honors in Samuel Goldwyn
and Jack Nicholson Screenwriting Awards. His first book, Thirteen Moons: A
Year in the Wilderness, chronicled a Henry David Thoreau–esque year he
spent living out of a teepee on the banks of the American River high in the
Sierra Nevadas. He currently lives in Santa Barbara with his wife and children.