You can check it out at vile-blase.com; but I warn you, it's quite violent, and not appropriate for a younger teen audience. It sounded like a great adventure – and challenge – so I went to Toronto for the interview and got hired on the spot by the Brooklyn school board. In the meantime, a film student in San Fran made an awesome movie trailer for Street Pharm. While still in teacher’s college, I heard that the NYC Dept of Ed was recruiting teachers. I often do an upper-body dance in my chair and nod my head. Back then, I was into movies, and the original Terminator and Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure are among my all-time faves. Another gritty urban book, kinda like Street Pharm and Snitch. ;) I also might be able to do a Skype visit or conference call to your class. I’ve been writing for more than half my life, and have been telling stories since I was a kid. I decided to live out a secret fantasy: I bought a cream pie and stuck my face in it. If it doesn't grab me within a few pages, I stop reading it. The only book that has a sequel at the moment is THE ORACLE OF DATING. Are Ty Johnson, Julia Divino or any of your characters based on real people? Most of my characters carry some of the qualities of people I've met, especially my students. There has been some talk about a Street Pharm movie, but the rights haven't been sold yet, so I don't know. In the meantime, I went to Carleton University, got a degree in History, and eventually went to teacher’s college. It was a few weeks after I moved to New York and I didn't have any friends yet. Sometimes I get up, do a little dance, then sit back down again. I have probably only finished half of the books I've started. As a teen, I fell in love with books and with writing, and my goal was to become a published author one day. With my own writing to work on, not to mention my students' work to mark, I simply don't have time.
I was once hired by a major airline to try to smuggle a fake bomb onto a plane. It helped me get a lot of jobs, including the one I have now. I moved to New York in August of 2001 and started teaching one week before September 11th. I have felt the presence of a ghost several times in my life. But I rarely venture out to loud concerts or clubs, and when I do, I wear earplugs. Thankfully, the employees found it -- and they caught me, too! Since then, I’ve returned to my hometown, and have kept on teaching and writing. Teaching in Brooklyn inspired my writing, and that’s when I wrote STREET PHARM and SNITCH. I can't get away from my job often, but I like to visit schools when I can -- especially in places I've never been to! The good news is that you don't need me to read your work, just someone who knows books and pays close attention to detail -- maybe your English teacher, someone in your family etc.