I grew up mostly in the desert southwest. After a stint in the military, I worked as a janitor, factory worker, and landscaper, until finally returning to school to study creative writing. I completed a Master of Fine Arts degree in fiction writing at the University of Arizona, and went on to freelancing for various magazines and teaching college writing courses. In my forties, I once again returned to school, this time to study law, and became a public defender. I now live in southern Arizona, where I divide my time between fiction writing and the practice of law.