Inspiration: My children and I played a creative exercise where we said, “once upon a time, there was a dog with only one ear. He said to me, my friend, my dear, let me tell you a story…”

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I’ve traveled Europe and the Middle East, canoed the Everglades, and spelunked through caves that rivaled Tom Sawyer’s. As a medical student and resident, I worked in trauma surgery at Cook County, Chicago (the inspiration for the TV series E.R.), and then tried my hand at Family Practice in the rural backwoods of Massachusetts. Married to the love of my life with two talented children, I moved to the West Coast to practice medicine and write young adult fiction. I create stories about what it’s like to be an outsider because I believe the fear of rejection resonates with all of us. My books are filled with strange lands, robots, and funky monsters, because the one thing a misunderstood loner does better than anyone else is save the world.