About Paul

I'm an author, entrepreneur, and occasional podcaster. My writing has appeared in places like The New Yorker, GQ, ESPN, and The Wall Street Journal. My first book, The Saboteur, was a No. 1 bestseller on Amazon and optioned for a film by DreamWorks. My podcast, Now That's a Great Story, is all about how the world's best writers tell their favorites stories. I live in Connecticut with my wife, my mother-in-law, three children, and three old but still spunky pugs.

The Saboteur

Recent Podcasts

Season 2

Episode 6:

How to Find Time to Do

What You Love

March 2, 2021

Sonya and I talk about the way to report or write a book while holding a full-time job. The first step is to—you ready for this?—listen to your body. We explain what we mean and also share stories of how to steal time out of your day...even at that full-time job. 

Season 2

Episode 5:

Notes Will Keep Us Together

february 23, 2021


Where to go to do your book research is easy. When to travel is the question to ask, and one we learned the hard way. Tons of stories here and tons of tips to avoid the mistakes Sonya and I made.

Season 2
Episode 4:
Notes Will Keep Us Together

February 16, 2021

The evolution of our marriage is also the evolution of how I learned to take, with Sonya's guidance, ever better notes. We talk about the various systems we adopted and discarded to arrive at something, with my book on Birmingham, is truly efficient, and in no-small part awesome. The better a writer's notes system, the less frustration he encounters in writing a book.

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