Bachelor of Science, Northern Illinois University, 1978. Graduate, Citizen Police Academy, Naperville, Illinois, 1996.
Journalist, Herald, Mokena, Illinois, 1973-1974; journalist, Northern Star, DeKalb, Illinois, 1974-1978; journalist, Moline (Illinois) Daily Dispatch, 1978-1981; journalist, Joliet Herald-News, 1981-1982; journalist, Chicago Sun-Times, since 1982; novelist, Naperville, Illinois, since 1994.
Board of directors Congregation Beth Shalom, Naperville, Illinois, 1990-1994. Member Chicago Newspaper Guild (chairman 1993-1994, vice chairman 1990-1993, Stick O'Type awards 1983-1993), Citizen Police Academy Alumni.
Married Jerrle Miller, June 3, 1979.