I have been a writer since graduating from the NYU School of the Arts in 1980. After over a decade in Manhattan, I moved to California to pursue screenwriting and take care of my brother, who died of AIDS in 1991. Gay and HIV+ myself, I self-medicated through the worst of the plague years with crystal meth, which led to a conviction for drug-dealing in 2004 and nine months in prison. This yielded my book "Ink from the Pen: A Prison Memoir." (Available on Amazon)
I emerged into a life of recovery and activism, writing hundreds of essays for the Huffington Post and my personal blog, The Trash Whisperer, based on my hobby of keeping my Hollywood neighborhood free of litter. In 2011, I entered the Graduate Humanities programs in Mount St. Mary’s University, obtaining a Master’s Degree with a specialization in Creative Writing in 2013. At present I edit film subtitles for a living.
My website is www.lavenderisthenewblack.com
Unique traits: Blogger of long duration at Huffington Post and on Medium I speak several languages and translate from French to English as well as edit subtitles. I am funny than this profile indicates.
Lucky Budget: $100K - $1M | Independent Afraid of arrest, an HIV+ meth addict escapes LA in the late 90s and takes refuge with his extended and complicated family at their Berkshires summer home.
The Exiled Heart Budget: $5M - $10M | Historical ⋄ Romance Set against the backdrop of occupied France and 1948 Manhattan, a haunted death camp survivor falls in love with the Spanish pilot who may know the fate of the newborn son she smuggled to safety during the war.
...and he'll grow up to be big and strong...
Film (short) by NYU Film School Screenwriter
William Morris Award, Best Student Screenplay
NYU Tisch School of the Arts