ABOUT CHRIS


I grew up in Indiana, PA, with my parents and three siblings. As a fourth-grader, I wrote my first book,
The Monster Cookbook, a work of fiction that detailed the nutritional needs of a dozen creatures that I had created. The school’s librarian was so impressed that she had it hardbound and placed in the library. Unbeknownst to her, a career in writing was born. (BTW, if anyone has that book, I'd love to have it back!)

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I attended Indiana High School where I was voted Class Clown of my senior class and anchored the offensive line on a team that won back-to-back CENPAC championships. I continued my football career at the University of Pittsburgh ― playing with future NFL stars Tony Siragusa, Jeff Christy, Mark Stepnoski, Craig “Ironhead” Heyward, and many others. Unfortunately, a freak foot injury ended my athletic career. (That, and a severe lack of talent.)

While at Pitt, I worked for
The Pitt News, the Indiana Gazette, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette while earning my B.A. in writing and my M.A. in teaching. From 1992 until 1998, I taught English and coached football in Pennsylvania and was selected to Who's Who Among America's Teachers. But in my mind, I still wasn’t doing what I wanted to do. I wanted to be a writer. So I quit my job and took a leap of faith.

After being rejected by every agent (and publisher) on the planet, I self-published my first novel, The Plantation. Most experts thought it was a horrible decision that would ruin my writing career before it even started. Thankfully, the “experts” were wrong. My novel was praised by James Patterson, Nelson DeMille, Lee Child, James Rollins, Douglas Preston, and several of the top authors in my genre. Their endorsements gave me the confidence to continue writing. The praise also caught the attention of a young literary agent named Scott Miller, who was just starting at Trident Media. He asked to represent me, and the two of us started kicking butt together.
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My second thriller, Sign of the Cross, was released in 2006 and became an international bestseller. So far, it has been translated into more than fifteen languages. I find this funny since I can speak none of them. Sword of God climbed even higher on the charts, hitting the New York Times and Sunday Times (London) bestseller lists. Since then, all of my books have hit at least one bestseller list. Hopefully, that streak continues for decades to come. Oh, and the last time I checked, my books were available in roughly twenty-five languages and more than forty countries ― including some I've never heard of.

In April 2014, it was announced that film rights to
The Hunters were optioned by Piers Tempest and Jo Bamford’s new UK-based production venture, Tempo Productions. Mark Huffam (Prometheus, Game of Thrones) and Scott Mednick (300, Superman Returns) have joined the producing team. My book will be adapted for film by Robert Kamen (Taken, The Transporter) and will be directed by John Moore (Behind Enemy Lines, Die Hard 5).

In July 2016,
The Prisoner's Gold won the ITW Thriller Award for 2016 Book of the Year. In the illustrious history of ThrillerFest, I am the first action/adventure writer to ever win a Thriller Award. In fact, prior to my nomination, the only adventure author to be a finalist was my writing idol, Clive Cussler. It is also the first self-published book to ever win a Thriller award.

I currently live on the Gulf Coast of Florida. When I’m not enjoying the sun, the surf, and the hurricanes, I’m working on my next novel. (At least that's what I tell my agent.)


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ABOUT CHRIS


I grew up in Indiana, PA, with my parents and three siblings. As a fourth-grader, I wrote my first book,
The Monster Cookbook, a work of fiction that detailed the nutritional needs of a dozen creatures that I had created. The school’s librarian was so impressed that she had it hardbound and placed in the library. Unbeknownst to her, a career in writing was born. (BTW, if anyone has that book, I'd love to have it back!)

I attended Indiana High School where I was voted Class Clown of my senior class and anchored the offensive line on a team that won back-to-back CENPAC championships. I continued my football career at the University of Pittsburgh ― playing with future NFL stars Tony Siragusa, Jeff Christy, Mark Stepnoski, Craig “Ironhead” Heyward, and many others. Unfortunately, a freak foot injury ended my athletic career. (That, and a severe lack of talent.)

While at Pitt, I worked for
The Pitt News, the Indiana Gazette, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette while earning my B.A. in writing and my M.A. in teaching. From 1992 until 1998, I taught English and coached football in Pennsylvania and was selected to Who's Who Among America's Teachers. But in my mind, I still wasn’t doing what I wanted to do. I wanted to be a writer. So I quit my job and took a leap of faith.

After being rejected by every agent (and publisher) on the planet, I self-published my first novel, The Plantation. Most experts thought it was a horrible decision that would ruin my writing career before it even started. Thankfully, the “experts” were wrong. My novel was praised by James Patterson, Nelson DeMille, Lee Child, James Rollins, Douglas Preston, and several of the top authors in my genre. Their endorsements gave me the confidence to continue writing. The praise also caught the attention of a young literary agent named Scott Miller, who was just starting at Trident Media. He asked to represent me, and the two of us started kicking butt together.

My second thriller, Sign of the Cross, was released in 2006 and became an international bestseller. So far, it has been translated into more than fifteen languages. I find this funny since I can speak none of them. Sword of God climbed even higher on the charts, hitting the New York Times and Sunday Times (London) bestseller lists. Since then, all of my books have hit at least one bestseller list. Hopefully, that streak continues for decades to come. Oh, and the last time I checked, my books were available in roughly twenty-five languages and more than forty countries ― including some I've never heard of.

In April 2014, it was announced that film rights to
The Hunters were optioned by Piers Tempest and Jo Bamford’s new UK-based production venture, Tempo Productions. Mark Huffam (Prometheus, Game of Thrones) and Scott Mednick (300, Superman Returns) have joined the producing team. My book will be adapted for film by Robert Kamen (Taken, The Transporter) and will be directed by John Moore (Behind Enemy Lines, Die Hard 5).

In July 2016,
The Prisoner's Gold won the ITW Thriller Award for 2016 Book of the Year. In the illustrious history of ThrillerFest, I am the first action/adventure writer to ever win a Thriller Award. In fact, prior to my nomination, the only adventure author to be a finalist was my writing idol, Clive Cussler. It is also the first self-published book to ever win a Thriller award.

I currently live on the Gulf Coast of Florida. When I’m not enjoying the sun, the surf, and the hurricanes, I’m working on my next novel. (At least that's what I tell my agent.)


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