Scott Peterson. So…you’re not the guy who—


You get a lot of jokes about that?

Not as many as I used to. But…yeah.

Should we not have brought it up?

No, no, it’s fine. Most folks are actually very nice about it: they tend to ask if I get jokes about it, rather than make jokes about it. (At which point they then make a joke about it. Most of the jokes involve O.J. Simpson somehow.)

So you write stuff?

I do. Mainly comics but also a fair number of children’s books: 8 x 8s, chapter books and beginning readers. Also the occasional bit of music criticism. These days I'm writing mainly YA and adult fiction

Are you the guy who writes Phineas & Ferb?

Alas, no. Don’t get me wrong, I love love love writing the stuff I write, but come on: that’d be a pretty sweet gig. I’m also not the Moscow bureau chief for the Christian Science Monitor who wrote Me Against My Brother: At War in Somalia, Sudan and Rwanda. Nor am I the one who writes joke books for kids. (He’s got a “K” as a middle initial, beating me by one letter.) Nor am I the escaped convict whose name flashes on screen for a moment during a perp search in the cinematic masterpiece Demolition Man. I am, however, the one whose name flashes on screen for a moment during Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. That's right, that's me. Boo-yah. 

Ever met a Nobel Peace Prize winner? 

Matter o' fact, I have. Two of 'em, actually. And, no, neither of them were ever president of the United States of America.