Once we settled in the United States, I led a somewhat “normal” life. I attended Cornell University, where I earned a B.A. in Psychology, but it wasn’t until much later that I “discovered” writing as my passion, and made a commitment to follow my bliss.
After completing a year of service as a literacy leader in the Americorps program, I became a story analyst for actor-producer Edward James Olmos, and later a development executive for an independent production company.
I’ve been a writer for eighteen years now with various degrees of success — an option here, a couple of contest finalists and winners there, an indie development deal, many writing assignments, the latest a TV spot for an upcoming Coca-Cola campaign — and of course, my first published book, The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Screenwriters, which ignited my unplanned teaching and consulting career, and my second book, Writing for Emotional Impact. Since then, I contributed to two other books on the craft, Now Write! Screenwriting and Cut to the Chase, which was released in August 2013.
In between teaching and consulting, I keep busy script doctoring for other writers, directors and producers when the work comes my way, while developing my own scripts, having about ten projects in various stages of development (if only I had more time!).