Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
For most of my life I was a struggling actor. I am currently working out of my home, on commission, for a newsletter publishing company. I have been married twice. My first, which ended in divorce gave me my beautiful daughter Shannon. I lost my second wife of ten years to cancer in 2012. Now 63, I currently reside in Northern California with my Yorkie-Poo Toby.
this is my only book. It was originally a script that came out of a drama workshop I attended in Hollywood in the late ’70s.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Inside Out- One Actors Nightmarish Journey of Incarceration
As an actor I was part of an experiment where I had an opportunity to teach an acting workshop to the inmates of a Federal prison. My book came out of the thought of what would happen to someone in that same situation that six months later ends up back inside as an inmate. Where he now has both friends and unforgiving enemies.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Anything that I have ever written, including I have always formulated the basic story line in my head, before writing a word. The original script that my book is based on, as well as the book itself, was written in about a month. Once I start, I find that it writes itself.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I am a bit old school when it comes to writers.As an actor I have read my share of plays so Shakespeare,Tennessee Williams,and Arthur Miller are my favorites. As for book authors I loved
Philip Roth, Kurt Vonnegut and Stephen King.I loved “Carrie” and was hooked ever since.
What are you working on now?
I am busy marketing inside Out, but have a great idea that I’m still mulling over. It concerns the “Moral Majority” and their connection with the “aids” breakout in the ’80s.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I have no idea. This is all new to me. I have learned a lot since my book appeared on Amazon for the first time. I did just start on Twitter however, and already have over 800 followers.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Dreamers rarely rule the world but they can change it. At 63 I can only say never give up.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Love thy neighbor as thy self
What are you reading now?
Zoo. I got into the TV show and decided to go to the source.
What’s next for you as a writer?
As I stated I am ruminating an idea that concerns the “Moral Majority” and their connection with the “aids” breakout in the ’80s. i never did think it had anything to do with monkeys.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
The complete works of Shakespeare.