This accomplised writer is best known for his critically acclaimed novel Ashfall and the subsequent sequels Ashen Winter and Sunrise.
His first job was scraping the gum off the undersides of desks at his high school.
Ashfall was named one of the top five young adult novels of 2011 by National Public Radio, a Best Teen Book of 2011 by Kirkus Reviews, and a New Voices selection by the American Booksellers Association.
He was born in Denver, Colorado. He and his wife reside in Indianapolis.
He is a Colorado-born author like Ken Kesey.