I became a writer because I had a lousy jump shot. I lacked most other essential basketball skills, too, so as a rarely used forward on my high school team, I spent most games at the end of the bench, doing more observing than scoring or rebounding. One day, the editor of the local weekly newspaper asked if I’d be interested in writing summaries of our games for the sports page. I accepted the offer, for which I was paid $4 per article. (In retrospect, I probably should have held out for $4.50, though I’ve always been bad at haggling.) Since that auspicious beginning, I have written for more than two dozen major magazines and newspapers, including Prevention, Reader’s Digest, Esquire, Men’s Health, Fortune, the New York Times, and Better Homes and Gardens. I’ve done stints as a contributing editor for Health magazine and as a columnist for the Los Angeles Times. I’ve written a few books and ghostwritten several others. I do some consulting, too. When I’m not working, I like to play golf, cook, and take walks around Cape Cod, the beautiful place I’ve called home for two decades.