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Early on in his writing career, Gene realized that he was the sort of person so aptly described in an essay by E.B. White (“Some Remarks on Humor”) for whom there is a constant “danger of coming to a point where something cracks within himself or within the paragraph under construction—cracks and turns into a snicker.” Dealing with this “uninvited snicker” has been the story of his life.

Background Information

Gene started writing in his 20's ("with some really terible Lovecraftian horror fiction") and has continued ever since.  Though his chief success has been in juvenile fiction, he has also self-published two essay collections dealing with local natural history.  He is a former junior high school science teacher, bookseller, landscaper and Instructional Specialist with the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension.

Major literary influences include James Thurber, E.B. White, Kurt Vonnegut, Roald Dahl, Franz Kafka, Albert Camus, J.R.R. Tolkien, Ray Bradbury and Henry David Thoreau (though not necessarily in that order).  Other more recent writers he enjoys include Magnus Mills, Steven Millhauser, and Rick Bass.

Birth Place
Manchester, CT USA

Gene's fiction has been published by Highlights for Children, READ, Heinemann, and Fast Forward Press. His essay, "My Life as a Lizard," will appear in the next issue of Snowy Egret journal.

Additional Information

Gene has just published his new fantasy novel, "The Family That Wasn't, which should appeal to both teen and adult readers. It can best be described as "a humorous fable of how our families live inside us."

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