Q. Where do you get your ideas?
A. All my stories and ideas come straight from my crazy brain. I have a strange imagination. I can remember details of my fantasy daydream life when I was a kid just as clearly as I can remember what happened in my real life. I always had a make believe world that felt just as true as the real world. Now I get to share it with my readers.
Q. Have you always wanted to be a writer?
A. No. I wanted to be a sheep farmer and an astronaut and a super-hero and a secret agent and a rock star and a composer and a flutist and pianist and a pilot. While I day-dreamed all that (and actually worked on some of them), I became a flutemaker and kept writing stories.
Q. When did you start writing?
A. I jotted down stories and poems as a kid and I wrote my first novel when I was eighteen. It was a science fiction epic called Solomon's Rule . I tinkered with it for several years afterwards but never really got to work right. But there's still time.
Q. Have you ever had another job other than writing?
A. Yes. I've been a flutemaker all my life before I became a professional writer. That's the only other job I ever had and I still make flutes. You can see my flute designs at

Q. Why did you decide to become a writer?
A. It wasn't so much a conscious decision. I always wrote stories. In my 20's, after I wrote Solomon's Rule, I wrote a mystery novel called The Cult Connection. Then I wrote a couple of movie screenplays and a non fiction book about comic strip art. So, I guess, I was always a writer. I just never persued it as a career early on in my life.
Q. Will you always write for children?
A. Probably not. I love writing kids books but I have a head full of ideas and characters and stories. We'll just have to see who they're best suited for as they get written. I've written movie and TV scripts, too, that I'd like to get produced.
Q. What else have you written?
A. I guess I mentioned them a bit above. Besides the two novels (Solomon's Rule and The Cult Connection), I've written several movie scripts. One is a romantic comedy called America's Smartest Couple about a couple who enter a national game show contest and have to learn to set aside their differences. Another is a murder mystery called The Identity Thief. I've also written a TV sitcom pilot and my comic strip book The Really Funny Pages. Currently, I am working on a sequel to The Aquanauts and a first chapter book about my adventures growing up in Toronto in 1967 called You Pedal, I'll Steer. I've also written some politcal editorials (op-eds) for a New Hampshire newspaper. You can read more about them on my scrapbook page
Q. Do you have any hobbies?
A. I have too many hobbies and other interests. Among other things, I'm involved in local politics and community work, I used to fly airplanes and ride motorcycles and hang glide. I have an animation studio in my house where I build miniature sets and make films. I collect comic strip art. I make jewelry and design webpages. I have a big telescope and a wonderful view of the New Hampshire night sky. There are just so many things to do that I'd love to find time for.
Lately, I've been developing and refining my Live Online School Visit Program so that I can combine a lot of these interests and visits school kids around the world.
Q. How long does it take you to write a book?
A. For me, writing a book is a slow process. It took me a couple of years to write each of my novels. I have to rewrite and rewrite each word and sentence to get them to all sound and feel right. It's different for every writer. Some have words pour out easily, with others it takes more time.

Q. Where can I buy your books?
A. Just click here to the contacts page for ordering information. You can order single copies, or place orders for libraries, bookstores, and other organizations as well.
If you have questions that weren't answered here, please e-mail me.