In a nutshell, he's a comedy writer and he's done what comedy writers do -- that is, write a comedy novel. The catch is, you probably wouldn't equate the concept of "comedy" with the photo of a guy looking like he just stepped out of an FBI staff meeting (see suit and tie photo, below). According to the author, he found that juxtaposition "really amusing".
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Bear with me as I indulge in a tiny bit of vanity. Some of you have asked why I updated my author photo. For starters, that pic of me in the suit was getting long in the tooth. The photo served its purpose: it's ironic that so serious-looking a guy had penned a funny book (and I found that really amusing). It also lent that Blues Brothers vibe, class, and style I was aiming for -- gruff and no-nonsense on the outside, but always ready to have fun and -- dare I say -- even risk getting a little silly at times.