His stories harness imagination for the heavy lifting by using disturbing implications more than graphic depictions—a tactic many readers find equally assaulting on the senses. His first novel, Dire Means, was published in 2009, inspired by many conversations with homeless people in Los Angeles. He was surprised to discover how therapeutic writing his first novel was, so he wrote another, Human Resources, published in 2012. He’s currently working on his first series, beginning with three more books planned to be released in succession, Prey for Us, Ground Work, and Malice Aforethought. Writing novels is a grueling process for him, but he can’t break the obsession even though he likes sleep, TV and people more than his keyboard.