Born and raised in the Chicago area until I attended the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. I now work at my Alma Mater for the College of Engineering doing anything and everything multimedia — when I’m not toiling away in obscurity as an aspiring novelist.  I also have three terrific kids that keep me busy, tired, poor–and honest. Teaching myself to speak Italian and play the guitar (not necessarily at the same time). And I can recite the alphabet backwards.