Moved with his family to Los Angeles in 2010.
His favorite writers include William Faulkner, Cormac McCarthy, Denis Johnson, Alice Munro, Stephen King and Raymond Chandler.
Was the 2005-06 Kenan Visiting Writer recipient at the University of North Carolina (UNC), Chapel Hill. The nationally-competitive award is funded by the Spray Foundation of Atlanta and the College of Arts and Sciences at UNC.
His father is of half Italian and half Polish descent. His mother's ancestry includes Spanish, as well as Italian, German, French, and English.
Is a huge comic book fan and credits Alan Moore and Grant Morrison as early influences.