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About Me

I was born and raised in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago, though it wasn’t called that until I was about 10 or 11 years old. My part of the neighborhood was also known as K-Town, named for the streets: Kedvale, Keeler, Kildare, Kolin, Kostner and the others. As a kid I spent a lot of time playing softball in the alley, football in the street, and “army” with friends in various back yards. I read a lot, too, just about everything I could get my hands on. Some of my happiest days growing up were spent in the public library.

As an adult I’ve worked as a reporter and editor at various newspapers and magazines in and around Chicago, won awards for my writing and photography, traveled quite a bit, enjoyed good wine and fine cigars.

I live on the North Side of Chicago, where I wrote my first novel, The Champagne Ladies. I’m hard at work on the second. From time to time I visit my old neighborhood to have a look around. I miss it.

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