I was born and raised in New York City. Most of my adult life was spent working in the design field. Thirty of those years I owned my own product design firm in SoHo, where I did both structural and graphic design.
A large percentage of the work I did was for the cosmetic industry. I also enjoyed having some of the top fashion designers as long term clients.
Throughout my career, I always sketched during creative meetings for my clients and when I stopped doing commercial work, I decided to keep up the practice by spending my free time painting with pastels. I chose pastel because of the spontaneity the medium provides.
Over the last few years, if I’m not painting then some other creative project is at hand. For some reason, this ridiculous story kept rolling around in my head until one day I mentioned it to my wife, Kelley and she said, “Write it down and figure it out like you always do.”
The thought of writing a book was intriguing because it was an opportunity to build something using words, and even though I had never written anything in depth, I dismissed my hesitation and set out to begin the project.
My commercial background taught me that the common thread in all design is basic problem solving, so from there I approached this book in the same manner I would any other creative project.
As I blocked out the story it became by its own natural rhythm, a combination of myth, humor, and adventure. It was definitely an adventure for me to write it down, and it certainly provides a different twist on a vampire story.