What is your education, career and background?
I completed my Undergraduate at the University of California at Santa Cruz, Bachelor of Arts in both Politics (with honors) and Literature; Graduate School: Columbia School of the Arts, Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (Emphasis: Poetry). My present occupation is as the Director of Columbia Business School’s Advanced Management Program; also, Associate Adjunct Professor & Curriculum Specialist at Columbia Business School. I have continued to write fiction, including novels, and spec projects for the entertainment industry. My current main area of focus outside of my work are my two sons, 13 years and 10 years, primarily helping them with basketball and their education. We also enjoy hiking together. Five years back, I practiced martial arts and prior to that, in my twenties and early thirties, I played competitive Ultimate Frisbee. Ultimate was a big part of my life. I kept playing despite injuries that limited my abilities. In an indirect way, Ultimate contributed to my choice to apply to graduate school at Columbia University. I still have strong friendships that were built around the sport. It changed my life in a positive way, although my sons can’t believe I chose to play Ultimate instead of basketball in college.
What cities and states have you lived in?
I grew up in La Canada-Flintridge, California, in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains outside of Los Angeles. I lived in Santa Cruz, California, during my undergraduate years, then New York City from 1985 to 1996, with the exception of one year I lived in Hollywood. That time included ’95 & ’96 tending bar in the East Village. I lived on the upper west-side and on the lower east side. Since 1997, I have commuted to Columbia Business School, while living in the Los Angeles area, including time spent in Santa Monica, Hollywood, Burbank, and Monrovia. For the last eleven years, I have lived in the Coachella Valley, near Palm Springs, CA.
What other books have you written?
The novel Fast Sofa was published by William-Morrow (Quill) hard-cover and paperback in 1993, and sold about 15,000 books. The novel was translated into German by Knaur and into Japanese by Daiei Syuppan. The novel was also excerpted in The Generation X Reader by Douglas Rushkoff, Ballantine Books, 1994. I co-wrote the screenplay for the film Fast Sofa, 2001, Lion’s Gate. The film was produced by Sneak Preview Entertainment and the Noel Gay Motion Picture Company. It starred Jennifer Tilly, Jake Busey and Crispin Glover. I believe the film was also released in Spain in 2006 and in Bulgaria (based on IMDB data). I plan on publishing my poetry collection this year: Buena Suerte in Red Glitter.