News: I've just learned that my short story, Still Life will be published in the Saturday Evening Post's Anthology of Great American Fiction early in 2015. Still Life is the first piece of a trilogy. Each of the three stories has one common element, but each takes place in a different city, with its own cast of characters. I've set these stories in places (San Francisco, New Orleans, and Hollywood) where I've lived and loved, because half the fun of writing them is to get to delve deeper into the minutiae of time and place and characters, real and imagined.
News: For years, I've assisted clients as both a ghostwriter and a development editor. Maine-based artist, Steve Bradford, is a friend and colleague with whom I've worked on many projects. This year we formed an alliance called Develop Your Book, for soup-to-nuts collaboration, from manuscript and formatting to cover design, websites and marketing recommendations.
My background includes a career in advertising (Owner/Creative Director of Capital Marketing Services) and another in broadcasting. I was a radio personality in Los Angeles, and for nearly two decades, a voice for KCET-TV (PBS) Hollywood. With Byron Paul, I co-hosted The Great Starship, MCA/Universal's nationally syndicated radio show. Something Special was a syndicated radio show that I wrote, produced and hosted for Media America. First Impressions and The Way We Live, first-person commentaries, aired in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
I was raised on radio, touring the Deep South with my gospel-singing parents.* The Glory Road, a musical/play about those times, had staged readings in Los Angeles and is ready for production. My story, Hank Williams Was A Friend Of Mine, won a John Steinbeck Short Story Award, and a grant from Marin County Arts Council.
*My mother's (Sister Fern Jones) rocking gospel, originally recorded in the 1950's, has been beautifully re-mastered and re-released by Numero Group. Also titled The Glory Road, her music is available for download, on CD, and now in vinyl.