Novels: Inspiration & Passion
Between the ages of 14 and 17, I wrote a series of boy’s adventures, , big, sprawling stories about a private detective named Mike Storm. Although there was never really any ‘detecting’ in these books, they were big action adventures. Mike Storm had two sidekicks: Rusty, a more seasoned veteran, and a young detective named Dick. As soon as I finished my first ‘Michael Storm’ book, I just started on another one.
I was constantly writing during these formative years, and while some of the books were quite long and thrilling (at least to me), they were not necessarily engrossing or well-written. In fact, far from it! But, the books were all completed, they all had a beginning, a middle, and an end, and I had a grand time writing them with titles like: The Mountain of Thunder,, The Master of Fear, The Guns of Freedom, The Final Stand. . They were really exercises in creative writing which would serve me well later in my career.
While still living in London, I sold a script to a TV series called ‘Columbo’, soon found myself in Hollywood at Universal Studios as the showrunner on ‘McCloud’ and more TV shows and movies followed. With a TV and film writing career blossoming, I did not go back to the idea of writing books for a very long time, but the desire to become a novelist never left me.