Joseph Kehoe was born in Argentina and came to the United States at the age of four. Spanish is his first language. In school he was a reluctant reader until one day a collection of scary stories caught his eye. "I didn't know it at the time, but that little book changed my life." He never looked back. Eventually he attended the University of California at Berkeley and before becoming an author worked as a journalist and elementary school teacher (for almost 20 years). Kehoe writes about sports and nature and, of course, things that go bump in the night--under the pen name O. Penn-Coughin ("open coffin"). He currently lives in Colorado with his wife and one very large and very special cat.