About Me


That’s me on the left, trying to look professional. I’m a novelist, science writer, and school visitor. I’ve overcome a tendency to faint and watched brain surgery up close, sat behind the wheel of a flying car, hiked and surfed in Ireland….all for work. But I really fell into writing to make stuff up. When I was little I’d write about dinosaurs with flatulence problems and sharks attacking alien ships. As I grew older, and expanded my library beyond adventure books to include young-people-sitting-and-thinking books, my stories became a little less exciting. That carried over into my first novel, The Wages of Genius, which is all about a single day in the life of an office worker. It’s kind of funny, though, since he thinks he’s the reincarnation of Albert Einstein. I won’t give away the ending.

A few years later, prompted by requests from my nieces and nephews, I decided to try writing a more adventurous novel. The result, Fish (Scholastic Press), is filled with pirates, puzzles, and grand journeys. Fish was a Scholastic Book Fair bestseller, and it has received numerous awards and nominations. At around the same time, I started writing a science book for adults, The Truth About Santa: Wormholes, Robots, and What Really Happens on Christmas Eve (Bloomsbury). On the surface it’s about how Santa completes such seemingly impossible tasks. But the real heart of the book is the power of science and technology. School Library Journal called it “delightfully whimsical” and the USA Today picked it as one of its top five holiday books for geeks.

Should that have been a kids book? Maybe. But since writing those two, I’ve enjoyed going back and forth between fiction and nonfiction, adventure and science. You can check out the rest of my books here, including my latest collaboration with Bill Nye the Science Guy.

This isn’t really a bio, is it? What else? I used to be a pretty fast swimmer. I’m happily married with three kids. We live on Martha’s Vineyard, an island off the coast of Cape Cod. I enjoy reading, drinking coffee, surfing, running, hanging with my family, open-water swimming, and other stuff.

Sometimes, late in the day, I lie down on the floor of my office and close my eyes for a little while. Don’t tell anyone, though. That makes me seem unprofessional.

I prefer black shoes and sneakers, almost exclusively.

I started a cool little business earlier this year. It’s going well.

My pickup truck’s name is Marvin. He has a short bed, but he’s fine with it.

13 thoughts on “About Me

  1. My class loves your novel, “Fish!” We have been reading it as a read aloud. We were wondering if you were writing another book about Fish? They predict the Scab will return!
    Hope you have a Merry Christmas!
    Miss Weeldreyer’s class
    Jefferson 5th grade
    Pierre South Dakota

    1. Thank you for the note! I’ve been working on another series, Jack and the Geniuses, with Bill Nye, but I do hope to finish another FISH adventure one of these days. I’m halfway through a sequel…and your class prediction is spot-on.

      Happy 2018!



  2. Hi Greg. My son is a 6th grader and is interested in reading about Henrietta Lacks. He’s like to create a lesson about the book and give it to the younger kids in his class. I see that you co-wrote a young reader’s edition but I’m unable to find it anywhere. Do you have any ideas of where I can find it (print, e-book, audio)? Thanks!

    1. That’s so cool! Unfortunately the book was never finished and I don’t think there are plans to complete the project. But please wish your son good luck for me.

  3. Hi Mr.Mone my name is JJ and I have a YouTube channel geared towards book reviews etc. and I would like to know if you were willing to send me a copy for me to review about I think the synopsis is amazing.

  4. Hi! Just wanted to let you know that you visited my daughter’s sixth grade science class at Bigelow today in Newron, and she absolutely loved it! She may be a budding scientist, and it’s so good for her to see how much fun it can be. Thank you!

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