I grew up in Los Angeles, California, and I have studied literature and music throughout my life. I earned a Ph.D. in literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and I'm now a professor of American literature and American Studies at Long Island University (C. W. Post).My most recent novel, The Unspoken (Simon and Schuster), is my first teen thriller/horror novel. The book is about a group of teens who were raised by a cult that foresaw their deaths. Five years later, they reunite to confront a grisly murder and to save themselves. I've also published non-fiction as well.