Q&A

Why did you become a screenwriter?

Screenwriting came as a natural extension of me wanting to make films. I quickly learned that movies are made in the writing. That it all starts on the page. I wrote with an eye on directing. And the writing part stuck.

Why did you decide to write books?

At the point when film directing opportunities began to present themselves, I decided to make a left turn into fiction. All those yearnings inside me to direct were pretty much vanquished when I completed my first novel.

Which one of your characters do you identify with the most?

Definitely Ben in The Safety Expert. As a parent it’s not hard to channel that paranoid side. Worrying about every little thing that could prove dangerous to my family. That was the germ from which the character grew.

Who were your literary influences?

Stephen King and Ian Fleming.

What do you do in your spare time?

Spare time? What’s that? The truth is that I have just one vice. I play golf. Besides hanging with my family, it’s pretty much my only activity.

What are you working on now?

Aside from my next novel, Ninety-Nine Percent Kill? A couple of screenplays and a pair of cable series pitches.

Why did you decide to self publish?

Aside from it being the future? It’s pretty addictive. Control. A direct link to my readers. And then there’s being my own boss. That’s never bad.

Will you read my script?

I’d like to, but I can’t. For liability reasons I can’t read much of anything that hasn’t been submitted to me via my motion picture representatives.