For most of my life I was a struggling actor. I appeared on such shows as Mash, WKRP in Cincinnati, and General Hospital. For a short time, I even taught an acting workshop. Today I am a struggling acting coach in Northern California, but back in the midseventies I was a recent graduate of the very prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts where I was part of the first graduating class in Los Angeles. After that I joined the ranks of the other sixty thousand wouldbe stars who acted in showcase plays, occasionally going on professional auditions, and attending weekly workshops. Waiting for that big break I had many survival jobs typical of the actors of the '70s and '80s. But sales seemed to offer the only possible way to make a living and contrary to popular belief, I discovered that a salesperson is made not born. In fact, commissioned sales can be almost as frustrating as breaking into show business. 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 YorkiePoo Toby.
Which writers inspire you?
I am a bit old school when it comes to writers. As an actor of course I have read my share of plays so Shakespeare, Tennessee Williams, and Arthur Miller were my favorites. As for book authors I loved Philip Roth, Kurt Vonnegut, and of course Stephen King. I loved “Carrie” and was hooked ever since. Most recently I have enjoyed James Patterson. I read a lot of biographies as well.
Have you written any other novels in collaboration with other writers?
When did you decide to become a writer?
As far as writers go, I don't really consider myself a real writer in the same terms as the aforementioned ones. I have written several TV and movie treatments, a few short stories, some poetry, and the script that was the inspiration for my novel. So to
it up to the readers as to determine whether or not I'm a writer.
Do you write fulltime or parttime?
As stated, when I get inspired
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I first see it in my head and completely formulate the plot. Then I just let it take me where it takes me.
Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers?
I started Googling book reviewers, found a list,and started emailing the ones that accept
What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
I can’t speak to that, because so far, in the few weeks that I have been on Amazon, I have only gotten three 5 star reviews. I suppose that professional reviewers might find the fact that I wrote without the use of chapters, a turn off. I’ll just have to wait.
How can readers discover more about you and your work?
Right now this may be the only way to learn about me, unless they watch syndicated tv, and see me on my one episode of MASH.
Any Comments for the Blog readers?
I am taking the time to do this and other marketing ideas to promote my book. So all bloggers should know that at 63 this is my first published book. I took a script that I had written back in the early ‘80s out of the mothballs and wrote my first novel. I guarantee however, that they have never read a story like this one.
As a young actor I had an opportunity to help teach an acting workshop to a group of inmates at the Federal prison in Lompoc Ca. It was an interesting experience where I met some fascinating characters. Some of them were no different than guys I had met at my local bar, while others, and let’s just say, I was glad that there were guards stationed just outside the room.
A few months later I had a frightful experience that made me think, what would happen if you took an actor in the same situation that I had experienced, but by a
twist of fate he ends up back inside as an inmate. Where he has made some friends and unforgiving enemies. That is my inspiration for INSIDE OUT. Can you name any other prison drama where the protagonist is a noncriminal that gets thrown into a situation where he already knows some of the inmates? It is a fictional account of what happens to an “Everyman” that gets caught up in a system deliberately designed to treat all felons the same. For those of you that prefer a moral, it is the difference between justice in the eyes of the law, and true justice.
Any feedback for me or the blog?
I have been searching for an honest review because I feel I have a groundbreaking novel and I want a professional assessment of my work. In researching your credentials I was very impressed.
One of the first sites I learned about in my quest to market my book was Goodreads, and to have a top Goodreads reviewer show an interest in my book means a lot to me.