His books are known for mixing literature with pop culture. (Details magazine) His first two novels, Sad Movies and Carnival Desires, were insider depictions of Los Angeles and the movie business, while his third novel, Never Mind Nirvana, did the same for the Seattle music scene. His fourth novel, The King of Methlehem, is set in Tacoma, Washington, in the world of methamphetamine. In the 2005 September/October issue of Pages magazine, which featured a cover story on the literary Brat Pack, he discusses how novels can capture the Zeitgeist.
After graduating from the University of Southern California, he worked as a copy writer for a movie studio. His first novel, Sad Movies, was based on this. He went on to write screenplays for several studios and book reviews for The Los Angeles Book Review, The New York Times Book Review, and The Seattle Times, as well as articles for The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Movieline, and other publications. He left Hollywood in the 1990s and enrolled in Seattle University School of Law. After graduating, he became a prosecuting attorney and moved to Tacoma. His third novel, Never Mind Nirvana, followed after this hiatus. According to the author's website, his fourth novel, The King of Methlehem, was published in hardcover by Simon and Schuster in May 2007 and the trade paperback was published in May 2008.