typerwriter.jpeg
"
Never let the lyrics get in the way of a good groove.
—Quote attributed to Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire about his lyric "Ba-dee-Ya" from the song, September

 WRITER
 

All works protected by US Copyright

 Novels 

Cigarette Girl (71,000 words) is a mystery/thriller—think Ruth Ware's In a Dark, Dark Wood meets Megan Abbott's The Turnout.

Hedy Parker didn’t earn one-and-a-half Ivy league degrees just so she could work in a gentleman’s club. Her parents think Hedy is plugging away on her MFA in creative writing at Columbia, not peddling cigars to handsy, drunken Wall Streeters and falling hard for an Albanian gangster at a topless club. 

Twenty years before, Hedy had a vision when she nearly drowned and lay at the bottom of a lake. The vision came in the form of a stranger’s name and nothing more: Wendy Callum, spelled out in orange letters in her mind. Ever since, she has kept a diary to this girl she didn’t really believe existed.


One month into her job as a cigarette girl, she regains consciousness in the strip club’s kitchen, only to find her skimpy gold lamé costume covered in blood, and a detective holding Hedy’s most private journal up to her as evidence. Evidence that connects Hedy to the three dead bodies just outside the door. To absolve herself, Hedy must piece together the violent events from the night before. 

As the puzzle takes shape, Hedy discovers that her infatuation with the mobster has entangled her in a deadly takeover plot of the club, and that her near-death-experience from 1976 was no a vision at all, but a premonition.

Currently out with literary agents

Overgrown (89,000 words) is an upmarket, coming-of-age story steeped in 1979 suburban Americana.  It is the tale of three best friends—Booie, Mary, and Rhonda—all turning thirteen in September, 1979, where sexuality, and the truth behind a crime of passion from twenty years before, dot their landscape like well-hidden land mines. Think Megan Abbott's The End of Everything meets Stephen King's The Body (this novel is going through revisions).

 Screenplays 

Going Dutch is a comedy about the televised fall and rise of swashbuckling weatherman, Dutch Driesen, whose late-1970s heyday was cut drastically short by betrayal. Dutch’s long and riotous road back to weatherman glory will lead him to reconnect with his estranged daughter, Steve, as they journey to tiny Trippingham, WA in search of redemption.

Den Otäcka Amerikanen (The Horrible American) in Swedish. Mariska—dual citizen of the US and Sweden—returns to her childhood sanctuary in Sweden after being chewed up and spit out by a Hollywood that has found her obsolete at the age of 35. Will she find herself at home again? Or does she, truly, belong nowhere?

 Live 

 

UPFRONTS is a send-up of the TV and Cable Networks annual pimping of their Fall Show line-ups to the advertisers and press. The WLC Network’s President and Head of Programming, Tater Simkins, is proud to invite you to her UPFRONTS presentation of her ass-kicking Fall TV Show line-up. Enjoy glossy, sexy promo videos from her three new TV shows and meet their stars – live and up-close! Click here to view performance!(Directed by Mike Shapiro; Director of Photography, Todd Bieber; Featuring: Amy Landecker, Matt Ballard, Henry Zebrowski, (the brilliant, much loved & missed) Lloyd Porter, Jeff Hiller, Katherine Maughan, 

Upfronts4.jpg

SPLEEN (Life Lessons from an Inappropriate Drunk). Click here to view performance!

How many Bridal Shower, Wedding and Birthday Party for 1-Year Old invites have you gotten recently? Sick of it? Get your catharsis on when SPLEEN says all of the things you’ve only dreamed of saying.

spleensmall.jpg
 
 

 TV Pitch 

CELEBRITY FAMILY FOOD: in this half-hour reality road trip, our host, Michelle Maryk, travels the country to visit first generation American celebrities and their Moms to learn to cook that one very special dish from their Mother’s homeland that our celebrity can never forget.(co-written and produced with Lauren Flick; sizzle reel produced by P3 Entertainment).