I created the blog You Are Not So Smart. I did a lot of other things before that. I even owned two pet stores for a few years.

That blog became an internationally bestselling book now available in 14 languages. It also became a podcast. My second book, You Are Now Less Dumb, was released in 2013, and you can order it here. More books are on the way, I hope.

I cut my teeth as a newspaper reporter covering Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast and in the Pine Belt region of the Deep South. Later, I covered things like who tests rockets for NASA, what it is like to run a halfway home for HIV-positive homeless men, and how a family sent their kids to college by making and selling knives.

Since then, I have been an editor, photographer, voiceover artist, television host, public speaker, and tornado survivor. I worked for several years as the head of digital media for WDAM-TV where I also produced The Green Couch Sessions, a TV show about the music of the Deep South. I love making things that people can hear, watch, or read.

I am married to Amanda McRaney, and I live in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.