This is a short page, because there isn't very much to tell about me.  I was born and raised in New York City, and my first exposure to things Iberian came when I started studying flamenco and classical Spanish dance in junior high school.  I spent a summer studying in Madrid in 1994, fell in love with Spain, and have tried to get back whenever possible, either physically or in spirit through writing novels.  (I also majored in Spanish language and literature at Columbia University, and try to keep up with the Spanish Department there.) I still generally make it to the north of Spain in the summers, to the very wonderful Semana Negra, a festival celebrating all things related to mystery novels, and its offshoot, the Celsius 232 which is devoted to fantasy and science fiction.

I'm a graduate of the city's much maligned public school system, and I taught English and Journalism at the High School for Enterprise, Business and Technology in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn from 2000 to 2011, and where I wrote all four of the Tejada novels. I also taught Spanish there for two years.

From 2011-2013 I was the college adviser at the High School for Service and Learning at Erasmus Hall, in Flatbush.

In September 2013, I returned to Columbia, this time to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.  I am currently getting a PhD in English and Comparative literature.

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