I did not have the kind a childhood that most people would have choose to write about.
It was happy and uneventful, with only the occasionally bump in the night to keep me on my toes.
In my spare time, however, I often imagined taking part in breathtaking adventures —- sometimes as myself and other times as Popeye, Robin Hood or Superman.
I always like to make up stories, especially lying in bed at night before I fell asleep.
It was not until I was twenty that I actually took up creative writing. One of my favorite part of the process was imaging myself in various characters shoes, even if those characters are dragons for example – didnt wear shoes at all. A year later , in 1975 I graduated from Hamilton College and began a six weeks internship at the New York Times Book review. Three months after that ended, my first book, A Big Day for Scepters was accepted.
Since then I have a full time writer for children. I married my wife, Joan, in 1984 and we settled in my hometown Lexington, Massachusetts. Our two sons, Andrew and Peter are now out of college and living o their own ( or in Peter’s case living with his wife Nicole); but we see them a lot. When I feel like I’ve spent enough time hunch over my computer , I like to play tennis and softball, and read book written by other people.