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I grew up in the beautiful and eclectic city of Trieste, Italy, home of grand coffee houses where renowned writers, including James Joyce and Italo Svevo, would meet to drink coffee, enjoy homemade pastries, and discuss the craft.

I came to the United States at the age of fourteen, attended Crawford High School in San Diego, then received my BA in Psychology and Physiology from the University of California, San Diego, and my medical degree from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in the western suburbs of Chicago.

I practiced general pediatrics in under-served communities for just over twenty years, first on the South Side of Chicago, later in Texas.

I've always been an avid reader and started writing my own stories in grade school. I've been fortunate to study the craft of writing with medical thriller heavyweights including Tess Gerritsen and Michael Palmer, and with renowned screenwriting guru, Robert McKee. I completed The Writer's Path curriculum at Southern Methodist University under the instruction of masters including an Agatha Award winning author, and the executive vice-president of Mystery Writers of America.

Having retired from the practice of medicine, I now own and run a small business and spend most of my free time plotting and writing. I have a backlog of  four novels which I am currently either writing, researching or outlining.

I live in the beautiful Texas Hill Country with my wife, a blue-and-gold macaw, and one or more cats. 

I really enjoy hearing from my readers. The feedback I get is always interesting and greatly appreciated. It certainly helps to make me a better writer.

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