Born and raised in Picayune, Mississippi. Since then he has lived in New Orleans, Los Angeles, and Mexico City.
His debut novel, A Time Before Me, was a finalist in Foreword Magazine's Book of the Year Awards in 2006. Since then he has published five other novels: Falling Into Me, A Time Before Us, Embrace the Rain, Men Can Do Romance, and Gardens of Hope.
Graduate of the Creative Writing Workshop (MFA), Screenwriting Emphasis, at the University of New Orleans. Previously, he has worked in script reading and analysis for the Los Angeles Film Festival and the Los Angeles Film Collaborative.