Welcome! I'm the author of two books and a freelance writer for the web and print. I specialize in animals and have a particular interest in all things Japanese, but I've also written on a wide variety of topics in the arts, travel, food, and home and garden. You can check out samples at the links above, but here are a few of my favorites:

Never mind the panda, check out that dugong: Animals in Japan

The quiet rhythms of the Tokyo neighborhood Yanaka

  Pinups for Pitbulls   

Giving Hermit Crabs a Long Full Life

Playing the Foreign Tourist on Japanese TV

 This is my latest book:

 Animals. Why do we think they're so cute, so noble, so admirable? They eat poop, for Pete's sake. Some of them will bite your head off as soon as look at you. I've spent much of my life either slaving over caring for animals, or writing about how great they are. This book is my revenge.

 Order Animals Behaving Badly at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your local independent bookstore if you've still got one.

Listen to this interview I did on WAMU's The Animal House. It is a hoot.







And you can  click on "Fiction" to read an excerpt from and find out more about my mystery The Sloth’s Eye.