What’s The Thickety: A Path Begins about?

All sorts of stuff.  There’s a summary of the book on my home page, but it doesn’t give you a ton of information.  There’s a reason for that.  The book has a lot of surprises, and I don’t want to ruin anything!

What genre is it?

It’s mostly fantasy, since it takes place in a make-believe world.  However, a lot of scary things happen as well, so I think you could also call it a horror novel.  Or you could just combine the two and say The Thickety is dark fantasy.

What age is your book for?

That’s a hard question.  I’d like to think that anyone would enjoy my book, child or adult!  (Not that I’m biased or anything.)  There really isn’t an age that’s too old to read The Thickety.

But is there an age that’s too young?  Sort of.

An advanced 8-year-old reader could probably read the book, but that doesn’t mean he or she should. This isn’t the type of kid’s book where everything ends up okay at the end. Terrible things happen.  Characters die in some pretty awful ways.

If that sort of thing doesn’t bother you and your parents are okay with it, I hereby give you permission to read my book. 

Can you come talk to my school so we can have an assembly and I don’t have to go to math?

I will definitely be making some appearances in the spring, though my available time during the school year is very limited.  It never hurts to email me and ask, though.

Also, math is important.  You should go.

Wait–I can just, like, email you?

Yup.  Click where it says “Contact” in the main menu.  I can’t promise I will reply right away, but give me a chance and I’ll get back to you!

How about if I’m an important Hollywood person and I’d like to purchase the film rights to your novel?

In that case, please contact ICM Partners.

Do you write anything else besides children’s books?

I write all the scripts for Escape Goat Pictures, a New York-based production company.  EGP makes book trailers, commercials and short films—we’ve even won a few awards! You can see a sample of our work here:


I love the cover of your book and all the illustrations.  Did you draw those?


I am a terrible artist.  In my entire life, I have been praised for my artwork exactly once: My high school art teacher leaned over my desk one sunny day and announced, with great surprise, “That’s a pretty good windmill!”

Unfortunately, I was trying to draw a tree.

Luckily, an artist with actual talent was hired to do the illustrations for my novel.  Her name is Andrea Offermann, and you can check out her amazing work here:


I want to be a writer.  Do you have any advice for me?

Oh boy.  That’s a big question.  At some point maybe I’ll write the long version of my answer, but for now here’s a quick snippet:

For young people, I think the best thing to do is read as much as possible.  Don’t limit yourself, either—read in all sorts of different genres, even those that aren’t necessarily your favorites.  You might be surprised.

In addition to reading, you need to write every day, even if it’s just for a few minutes.  And I don’t mean just write in school, though that’s certainly important.  You also need to write at home, in your free time.  It may be hard to give up that precious video game/Youtube/hitting-your-brother-with-an-eggplant time, but if you’re really serious about becoming an author you need to do it.  Writing in school is not enough practice, plus at home you get to write whatever you’d like!