Shane was born and raised in Tazewell County, Illinois.
Though he has been writing for most of his life, he has been, in short order: a drywall finisher, a movie theater concessions worker, a lawn mower, a cafeteria worker, a bartender, a copy boy, accountant, translator, teacher of English as a foreign language, and, finally, an IT consultant.
He is a graduate of the creative writing program at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. New Blood is his first published novel.
Shane currently lives in Vienna, Austria with his wife and three children.