Born in Milwaukee. Played high school football and baseball at Waukesha Catholic Memorial. Played college football and baseball at UW-Whitewater. Graduated from UW-Madison with a degree in journalism. Worked at Waukesha Freeman newspaper as general assignment reporter and feature writer until moving to St. Paul, Minnesota. Worked in corporate communications at NWNL/Reliastar/ING until leaving to pursue freelance writing career. Currently owner of Katula Creative, which marked 20 years in business in 2011. Happily married with two kids and living in an historic home in Stillwater, Minnesota.