Born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in eastern Long Island, I always enjoyed writing. Influenced by such writers as Colleen McCullough and Sidney Sheldon, I began writing short stories and poetry in high school.  After graduating from New York University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, I tried my hand at a number of conventional jobs but always returned to writing.  Since 1998, I have been a freelance writer and have contributed hundreds of articles to various e-zines on the Web including:  Hybridmagazine.com, Associatedcontent.com, Newsvine.com, Suite101.com, Goodreads.com, Books and Authors, Jazztimes.com, Jazzreview.com, Jazzinsidemagazine.com, Musicdish.com, and Ultimate-guitar.com.