The child of a single-parent heroin addict, he was brought up by his grandparents, and his best friends, he says, were characters in books.
His story about how he became an artist and an author was performed at Tedx
New HampshireHampshireCollege, and has just been posted online. It's a powerful tale of the importance of creativity and imagination.
Watch it above, and keep a box of Kleenex handy.