My novel Tommy's Rock will be published in the summer of 2014. I also wrote The Edge of Legend, and I've contributed to ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com, GQ, Outside, SB Nation Longform, SLAM, Our State, and many more magazines and newspapers. My work has been recognized by Byliner, Longform, Longreads, TIME, MSN, and more.
The bulk of my work so far has just happened to come in sports, because I do love sports and that's where I've found the most opportunities. (The Rock and the War, for instance, has absolutely nothing to do with sports.) But above all, I just love the power of a good story told well. Here are some of my stories:
"How Hockey Saved the Stewart Brothers" — Far from the glitz of downtown Toronto, there's the East Side Hotel, where hope goes to die. Anthony and Chris Stewart called it home—until they found a remarkably unorthodox way out. (ESPN.com/Outside The Lines | 6,000 words) Read.
"The Prospect" — Montaous Walton just wanted to play baseball, so he made up a fake online persona, fooled the media, signed with an agent, and ended up in handcuffs (SB Nation Longform | 6,500 words) Featured by TIME, Longform.org, The Byliner, FoxSports, MSN, and many more. Read.
"The Good Hurt" — Ray King has leukemia and plays Division I basketball, AND he just helped NC Central to its best DI season ever. (SB Nation Longform | 6,000 words) Featured by The Byliner and more. Read.
"Blind Ambition" — This is the remarkable story of Capt. Ivan Castro, a Green Beret who lost his eyesight in combat in Iraq, should have died, somehow survived, and has found an inspirational new life back home in the States. (ESPN.com/ESPN The Magazine presented by Outside The Lines | 6,000 words) Featured by The Byliner. Read.
"Mad For Carolina" — Think you're wild about March Madness? You've got nothing on this guy. Meet Greg Cauley, the most dedicated—or, depending on who you ask, the craziest—college sports fan in America. (GQ | 3,500 words) Featured by The Byliner. Read.
"The First Legend" — Long before it was common for basketball players to be known worldwide or Michael Jordan had made his mark in Wilmington, NC, Meadowlark Lemon used his platform as the Harlem Globetrotters' "Clown Prince of Basketball" to reach fans of all ages and races. (SLAM | 3,000 words)
"The Muse: True Inspiration or Total Nonsense?" (Pacific Standard | 1,200 words)
"First Spartan Race A True Test of Will" (ESPN.com | 1,000 words)
"Golfer Swallowed By Golf Course" (Outside | 1,200 words)
"How A Tiny Southern Town Handles a Turkey Vulture Invasion" (Outside | 1,200 words)
"Fort Fisher Aquarium Shows Off Prehistoric Megalodon" (The News & Observer | 2,000 words)
And for your entertainment, some random interviews:
Randy Couture | The UFC legend talks about his charity motorcycle ride (ESPN.com)
Jorge Posada | The Yankees' former catcher talks about his charity bowling tournament (ESPN.com)