I am a biomedical researcher in New York who writes political and international thrillers, science fiction, narrated storybooks, and more. This website contains information on my books, how to purchase them, reviews, interviews, and other media and contact information. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find something of interest!
My debut novel, The Ragnarök Conspiracy, was born of intense feelings and the conflicts engendered by the 9/11 attacks. It has been said that the novel "turns the traditional terrorist thriller on its head" (Allan Leverone) and is "epic, explosive, subversive, engaged and compassionate, like a Michael Bay movie written by Aaron Sorkin" (Chris Brookmyre). The Library Journal recommends that you "Fortify your shelf of Armageddon thrillers with this promising newcomer".
I was born in the Midwest. My mother worked as a clinical psychologist, and my father was a professor of romance languages at the University Nebraska in Lincoln. In fact, his specialty, old romance languages and their literature, is the source of the strange spelling of my middle name: "Erec". It is an Old French spelling, taken from an Arthurian romance by Chrétien de Troyes written around 1170: Érec et Énide. Had my brother been a girl, he would have been named Enide. Instead, he's Michael.
I have pursued diverse interests over the course of my life, including science, music, drama, and writing. My academic path focused on science, and I received a degree in physics from Oberlin College in 1992, and a PhD in biochemistry from Cornell University in 1999. I live and work in New York City as a scientist and professor in biomedical research at the Rockefeller University.