So, this is me. I am a writer first. I have been a writer for a very long time. I have notebooks full of stories and drawings that date back somewhere to the first grade level. I had a little empty journal that I wrote in at a very young age that really is just the beginning of my imagination and creativity.
While in college I was very taken with the grunge sound and the urge for music took over my life. It also helped with my writing. Again, notebooks and journals full of lyrics. My first band was somewhere around 1995, and we were called Mind Garage. Yeah. We were something big. Then we all graduated and there was no more band. I immediately set myself up with another band and we were going places. Our originals were getting local radio play, we were playing large audiences different venues. Then our egos kicked in and the groupies took control of us and we fell apart.
In 2001, I self-produced a film, at the dawn of the digital age, based on my first screenplay from 1998. “The Other Half of Me,” premiered at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival in 2001 to a small audience. It was my freshman effort and was very amateur, but, It still played on a big screen in LA. It was the beginning of my film making career.
In 2005, I wrote, produced, directed and edited the feature The Coldest Winter, a WWII epic western (that I got to the screen before Tarantino could) that was filmed on a budget under $500.
I continued on writing and digitally producing features for the next few years. (look at the other tabs, there’s more info on those titles there) I focused on writing and selling screenplays in 2007-2010. I pitched in LA. I even traveled to Japan to try and sell a samurai story.
Around that time, I began to scheme ideas for a novel, something that ultimately would be too big for the screen. In 2011, I put fingers to keyboard and pounded out The Seven Isaacs as the Muse took control of my mind, body and soul to write a very touching story of young human cloning experiments as they are let loose into the world around them.
Around THAT same time, I came together with Walter Sheehey and we formed what would become Cooper’s Kennel, nothing but a pure tribute to that grunge music we had fallen in love with years before. Cooper’s Kennel has since dissipated, but the music still remains on iTunes.
In 2017 I wrote two novels. The Samurai and the Mountain, based on my screenplay from a few years ago. AND, while stranded in a hotel in Syracuse NY, in the middle of a late March Nor’easter… and instead of flying to Mexico like we were supposed to, I came up with the idea and inspiration for my third novel, Alice the Fifth.
Currently I am editing my second novel, (third to be published) The Samurai and the Mountain, AKA Ashio, based the screenplay I tried selling in Japan. The book is WAY better than the movie. My third novel, second to be published, Alice the Fifth is now available on Amazon.
That is where I stand today. A jack of all trades. A renaissance man.
Writer. Filmmaker. Musician.