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. He didn't know it at the time, but that little book would change the course of his 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 soccer, running, nature, and--under the pen name O. Penn-Coughin ("open coffin")--things that go bump in the night. He lives in Tucson, Arizona, with his wife.