I was born on April 28, 1966, in Stillwater, Oklahoma, but we moved to Enid, Oklahoma, within two years of my birth. I grew up in Enid, graduated from Enid High School in 1984, and will always consider that little city on the plains my home town.
Rather than go to college after high school, I got married and went to work, spending 10 years working in machine shops in Enid and Oklahoma City before rethinking my decision and going to college. I earned a BA in journalism, with a minor in English, from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1999, then went on to earn a Master of Liberal Studies degree from the University of Oklahoma in 2004; my emphasis was on creative writing.
I currently live in a suburb of Oklahoma City with my wife and four kids. I work as an English teacher at an independent school district in OKC.