When We Were Cool is a collection of short stories about a group of guys growing up in Virginia Beach from the 1970s to 1990s. The stories revolve mainly around ten close friends who manage to take advantage of all the 70s, 80s, and 90s had to offer teenage kids in a seaside resort town. It's somewhat of a coming-of-age tome meets reminiscence meets innocence meets guilt. Chock full of comedic situations and pre-pubescent rendezvous with girls, parents, and cops, this collection of childhood and teenage memories serves as a reminder of just how fun and free-spirited those decades were. Inspired by the John Hughes films of the 1980s, the author chose to capture the memories of his own teenage years and place them into a work of collected stories to reflect his own experience growing up.