Frequently asked questions


What made you become a writer?
When I was eight years old, I wrote a story about a rabbit. I can’t remember the story any more, but I’ve never forgotten the moment when my mother said, ”That story is good! You could be a writer!” Something inside me clicked and I knew that’s what I wanted to do with my life. I’ve been writing ever since.

Did you ever have another job?
Yes, I used to be a lawyer, but writing books for kids is much more fun.

Why do you write books about Asia?
I became fascinated with Asia during the twelve years while I lived there. Now I live back in my hometown, Chicago, but I miss Asia, and enjoy reading about it, and sometimes traveling back to Asia. My stories evolve out of my reading and travel.

Do you have any kids?
Yep, I have one son named Ross. He’s does judo and loves anime. His interest in ninja prompted me to write Blue Fingers, and I dedicated that book to him and his dad.

Do you wish you could be a ninja?
You bet!! Don’t you, too??

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