When not in jail, rehab, or on the lam from bail-bondsmen and process servers in little beachside communities on the Mexican Riviera that cater to Canadian surfers and American trust fund outlaws, Paul has somehow managed to cobble together a spectacular work resume that highlights, among other things, stints as a gandy dancer, a hod carrier, a backstretch groomsman on a larcenous little race track in Tiajuhana, a short order cook in a Chemehuevi chicken shack north of Needles, a postal clerk, a bank teller, a carpenter and dry fly tier, a tuna boat skipper, a guard-dog handler, and a bell-ringer at a drive-thru wedding chapel near Elko, Nevada. He has quit, walked off, been thrown off or fired from or every job he's ever had. His last career counselor was a little blue haired lady with cateye glasses and a turrets-like facial tic that exposed the gum line of her lower dentures when she finally worked up the nerve to broach the awful but unvarnished truth: "For an all-around no-good such as yourself, Mr. VanDevelder, I'm afraid there's only one thing left --and that's the life of a writer."
Paul has written for The New York Times, Nat. Geo Traveller, Audubon, Esquire, Forbes, and American History, among others, and is a regular contributor to the commentary section of the LA Times, the Seattle Times, and High Country News. His book, Coyote Warrior: One Man, Three Tribes, and the Trial that Forged a Nation, was nominated for a National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize, and was made into a documentary for PBS. His book, Savages and Scoundrels, The Untold Story of America's Road to Empire through Indian Territory (Yale University Press) won the 2011 Oregon Book Award for Non-fiction. He has written three documentary films, including "Journey to Medicine Wheel" which one Best Picture at the American Indian Film Festival in SanFrancisco. His feature film about the Iran-Contra Affair THE LAST GOOD KISS - is currently in pre-production, Mikael Salomon directing.
Name: Paul VanDevelder
Lives in: Studio City, Los Angeles County, California
Company: Dogs On the Roof
Occupation: Author, Photographer (Still), Screenwriter and Translator
Unique traits: Avid road fisherman....sailor...hiker...cyclist...a gringo who grew up in Latin America....fluent in Spanish....
Journey To Medicine Wheel
Documentary by Raymond Chavez A 16 year old Crow Indian math whiz has to balance her academic gifts in the white world with her obligations as a princess representing her tribe....
4 Pulitzer Prize nominations
Oregon Book Award
International Screenwriting Contest
ABA's Silver Gavel Award - Finalist
National Book Award nomination