I write because I love helping people get their ideas out in the world, especially great ideas that solve real problems.
Before I called myself a writer, I was a transportation engineer, an academic researcher, a teacher, and a management consultant. My life revolved around understanding complex things and explaining them to other people. Between all the papers, presentations, lessons, and meetings, I got lots of practice.
I also met plenty of people who had important things to say but struggled to convey them. They garbled the message and lost the audience — I’ve seen it happen to everyone from nervous grad students to top corporate executives.
Even the smartest people sometimes need a partner to distill the core idea from the mess. That’s what I’m best at.
The juicy side plot
I also play upright bass, speak Spanish most of the day, and have two large and colorful tattoos.