(For the record, I’m a big fan of anything that includes David Boreanaz. I met him once and managed to get out the words, “Great shoes.” I hope that was a memorable experience for David as well.)
What is one of your favorite elements in your debut novel?
I found I became quite fond of my main character’s father—Abel Skellig. First of all, he shouldered his way in and demanded an entire chapter that had nothing to do with the plot but a lot to do with the childhood character development of the protagonist, Michael Skellig. I was delighted that Abel appeared later and lived up to his son’s view of him. (I love this! Eddie’s mother Chava is one of my favorite elements of my debut)
What led you to writing your first novel?
I’ve been a television writer for decades. I had a network show (“Bones”) that ran on Fox for twelve seasons and I found that I wanted to stop doing TV for a while and take a look at the world. But, you know how it is, a writer writes. After a few days of not writing I was filled with self-loathing so I went through the “Bin of Ideas” I have on my computer and found the idea for a limo driver who is the type of guy who engages in life even when he shouldn’t. I started writing in longhand (which I’ve never done in scripts) and a year later I had a book.
What are you working on now?
I have a few TV projects at various levels of development … but I’ve also started the second Skellig novel in the hope that somebody might want to know what happens to him and his friends next.