About MJ

My Backstory

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I was born and raised in Providence, RI, and spent many vacations on Cape Cod and the beaches of my home state.  I always had a desire to take a shot at being a writer. As the saying goes, "Life is what happens when you are busy making plans."  I woke up one day and realized that tomorrow was now. So I decided to dedicate myself to writing my first novel and getting it published.

I've adopted the tag line "The Terror is Real" to capture the types of stories I want to tell. Growing up, I loved any good story, both novel or movie, that was anchored in the realm of believability. Could this be something that might really happen? To you? That was what grabbed me. I hope my stories grab you! 

My History

I loved creative writing in college, but my degree was in the world of computer science. I spent 30 years doing everything from Programmer Trainee to Vice President. I somehow feel that decades in systems development helped position me to craft and build stories, characters, and the worlds they inhabit. World-building, story, and character design are complicated, just like computer systems. There is a lot of planning, design, and testing before you can release your baby to the world.

In 2017 I spent my nights and weekends fulfilling my dream of writing/publishing my first novel. In 2018 I hired an editor and ended up doing a heavy rewrite of the story. She also recommended I attend Robert McKee's Story seminar. It was a truly life-changing experience. The second edition was published in November 2018. The sequel launched in February 2019. The final entry  in the trilogy dropped in June four months later. It was a long 30 months, but it was worth the effort. My books are currently available exclusively on Amazon.

My Dog

If you follow me on Instagram, you are already very well acquainted with JoJo. I adopted him in December 2011 from a no-kill shelter. He was two months shy of turning six years old. A lab-hound mix, he had spent almost half his life at that no-kill shelter, going from foster home to foster home. I couldn't understand why nobody wanted to adopt him. He is the sweetest, most lovable dog. Super laid back. He's not the least bit clingy. JoJo doesn't bark or jump or get into fights. He keeps me calm and relaxed when I find myself getting stressed. My office has a twin-sized bed just for him. He sleeps there most of the day while I work, occasionally looking out the window to alert me of any cats or squirrels that may be getting too close to the house. Unconditional love at its best.

My Future

In mid-2019, I signed up with Level 4 Publishing to be the co-author of a drama about the rise of the self-driving car - "Faster." That novel is currently going through final edits before publication this summer. The story scored very highly by content editors. So high that Level 4 asked if I would be interested in writing the screenplay adaption. I said, "absolutely." I love "Faster" and look forward to helping to bring it to the big screen. I also have been working on my fourth solo novel, tentatively titled "The Doll," and hope to have that published by the end of 2020.

I do my best to keep everyone updated via my blog and social media accounts, so please follow along.