I began writing fiction in 1997, and studied under Andrea Barrett, Michael Chabon and Susan Straight at St Mary's College of California, where I received a Master of Fine Arts in fiction in 1997.


I was a semi-finalist in the 2008 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award with an early unpublished work. My story "To Ground" was published in the Southwest Review and won the  2011 McGinnis-Ritchie award for fiction, given annually to the best works published in the magazine. My story "The Dacha" has been shortlisted for the 2016 Sunday Times EFG Short Story AwardOther stories have appeared in Other Voices and in "For Sale, Baby Shoes, Never Worn," a fine limited edition of six stories published by Foolscap Press.


My début novel, Gutenberg's Apprentice, was published in September 2014 by Harper Books in the United States and Canada, and Headline Publishing in the United Kingdom. It was shortlisted for the 2015 VCU Cabell First Novel Award and longlisted for the 2016 International Dublin Literary Award and has been translated into Polish, Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Serbo-Croatian and Hungarian. A number of my essays and articles about the impact of printing technology can be found at the book's website here.