A stay-at-home dad and full time writer, Ernie lives near Boston, Massachusetts with his wife, Kim, and their three children. His first novel, ONLY WHEN I FALL, is adult upmarket fiction with a dusting of magical realism and suspense.
ONLY WHEN I FALL is a story about Tris, a homeless heroin addict struggling to survive on the streets of Boston. A one-time graffiti artist, Tris escapes his harsh reality by immersing himself in his inner world of sketching and painting. But he can’t hide in his art forever. When Mia, his drug dealer and ex-girlfriend, secretly enters one of his paintings into an online art contest, the image goes viral, sparking a widespread search for a troubled loner with a singular gift.
But not everyone searching for Tris means him well. A posh art dealer with a trail of disappearing protégés and his sights set on his next mark, a social network moderator obsessed with the anonymous contest entry, and a groundskeeper required to evict the homeless are all closing in on the abandoned utility room under a Charles River bridge where Tris has been staying.
Unaware of the ripple effect his mysterious painting has had on the people who’ve seen it, Tris battles his addiction with the hopes of getting clean and reconciling with Mia, who fights to save the man she wishes she didn’t love. As the circle grows tighter, Tris must shake the pursuers on his heels, the voice in his head, and the heroin in his veins, or risk losing not only his life’s work and the person he loves, but the very life to which he clings.
When he’s not writing, Ernie is an artist and freelance graphic designer. He enjoys playing with his kids, painting, and nerding out to Game of Thrones and Westworld.
Ernie’s book, ONLY WHEN I FALL, was chosen to take part in PitchWars, which is sort of like The Voice but for novelists. Through Pitch Wars, Ernie was mentored by Kristen Lepionka, author of THE LAST PLACE YOU LOOK (St. Martin’s Press/Minotaur Books). ONLY WHEN I FALL would also go on to be chosen for another writing competition called Query Kombat, in which it would earn the Top Adult Contemporary honor for 2017.