|Contributor since:||March 2009|
I've written eight books (A Safe Place; Sleepers; Apaches; Gangster; Street Boys; Paradise City; Chasers and--coming in July, 2010-Midnight Angels). I've written a dozen film scripts and a half-dozen TV pilots and am working on my next one now, Night and Day for Lifetime. I also worked as a writer/producer for Law&Order and was managing editor of the CBS series Top Cops. When I was much younger I worked at the New York Daily News and for way too many magazines to list (most of them no longer in business). I love sports, politics, travel, wine, dogs, reading, working out, great Italian food, old friends, history, movies, television, plays. I live in the city where I was born, worry about my kids even though they are adults now and love quiet time in the country with my wife. The older I've become, the more liberal I've become and I don't believe everyone is entitled to an opinion. I believe everyone is entitled to an informed opinion. I hope my posts will bear that out.
My Current Project
Night and Day--TV pilot; Redemptions--film script (co-writing with Peter Gethers); new novel.
My Greatest Achievement
My daughter Kate and my son Nick--they don't come any better and while I did my share, I just happened to be along for the ride. Mom did the heavy lifting....
My Biggest Regret
Not being there financially and emotionally when my father died. I miss him to this day and wish I had done more for him--as he would have for me.
I Truly Respect
hard-working men and women; doctors; President Obama; People who give their all to the work they love and give their time to help others.
Moments I'd Like To Forget
Watching my Grandma Maria take her final breath in a crowded room on a hot summer day on an island in Italy in 1975. The best woman I've ever known.
How I Pay For This Wardrobe
Have you seen this wardrobe????
Things That Really Happened
My father murdered his first wife. He did time and carried it with him the rest of his life. Then, he passed that weight on to me.
Where I'd Like To Be 10 Years From Now
Writing better books and scripts; healthy; happy and living in Italy or as close to it as I can get....
My Other Website
This Is Making Me Worry...
too many guns, most of them in the wrong hands.
This Is Bringing Me Joy...
My kids, my dogs and, lately, anything Ricky Gervais does.
I'm Running From...
Poverty ad debt--what every kid born in a enement fears and spends the rest of his life working hard to avoid. It's the gas that keeps our engines running.....
This Makes My Teeth Itch
That crazy Congresswoman from Minnesota (you know who I'm talking about); Fox News; Rush; elitists (especially the ones who inherited their dough); betrayal--especially from those you thought of as friends; racists, sexists and people who hate the wrong people for all the wrong reasons.
Obama; Diana Krall; Elmore Leonard; Harry Crews; Frank and Dean; Pacino; Dumas; Michelangelo; Bocelli; De Sica; Jack London.
My Most Awkward Moment
There are way too many to even list one....
My Secret Ambition
To have been a doctor. Lacked the money and the brains. Mostly the brains.